FBI: Violent crimes increased slightly in 2012

Property crime rates continue to decline


According to statistics recently released by the FBI, violent crimes increased slightly (0.7 percent) across the nation in 2012, however, the annual “Crime in the United States” report also found that property crimes decreased by nearly one percent, marking the 10th straight year of declines for these offenses collectively.

The estimated rate of violent crimes, which include murder, non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assaults, was 386.9 offenses per 100,000 inhabitants, while the estimated rate of property crimes, which include burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson, was 2,859.2 offenses per 100,000 inhabitants.

More than 18,000 city, county, state, university and college, tribal, and federal agencies participated in the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting program in 2012. Other findings from the report include:

  • In 2012, there were an estimated 1,214,462 violent crimes. The violent crimes of murder and non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, and aggravated assault increased 1.1 percent, 0.2 percent, and 1.1 percent, respectively. However, the estimated number of robbery offenses declined 0.1 percent.
  • Nationwide, there were an estimated 8,975,438 property crimes. The estimated number of burglaries declined 3.7 percent in 2012 when compared to the 2011 figure. The estimated number of larceny-thefts remained unchanged, and motor vehicle thefts increased 0.6 percent.
  • Collectively, victims of property crimes (excluding arson) suffered losses calculated at $15.5 billion in 2012.
  • The FBI estimated that agencies nationwide made about 12.2 million arrests, excluding traffic violations, in 2012. The arrest rate for violent crime was 166.3 per 100,000 inhabitants, and the rate for property crime was 528.1 per 100,000 inhabitants.
  • By violent crime offense, the arrest rate for murder and non-negligent manslaughter was 3.5; forcible rape, 5.8; robbery, 33.1; and the aggravated assault, 123.9 per 100,000 inhabitants.
  • By property crime offense, the arrest rate for burglary was 90.7; larceny-theft, 411.9; and motor vehicle theft, 21.9. The arrest rate for arson was 3.7 per 100,000 inhabitants.
  • In 2012, there were 14,006 law enforcement agencies that reported their staffing levels to the FBI. These agencies reported that, as of October 31, 2012, they collectively employed 670,439 sworn officers and 285,883 civilians, a rate of 3.4 employees per 1,000 inhabitants.

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