16 September 2008

Arrest and Crime Statistics

FBI tracks violent and property crimes were down slightly in 2007 from 2006. Also, the arrest numbers are interesting to those not familiar with them:

"In 2007, the FBI estimated that 14,209,365 arrests occurred nationwide for all offenses (except traffic violations), of which 597,447 were for violent crimes, and 1,610,088 were for property crimes. That means just 15.54% of arrests were for violent crimes or property offenses . . . . Law enforcement made more arrests for drug abuse violations (an estimated 1.8 million arrests, or 13.0 percent of the total number of arrests) than for any other offense." What's more, 42.1% of drug arrests were for pot possession.

From here.

The most common offenses of arrest other than FBI countable violent crimes and property crimes are:

Driving under the influence 1,427,494
Other assaults 1,305,693
Disorderly conduct 709,105
Liquor laws 633,654
Drunkenness 589,402
Vandalism 291,575
Fraud 252,873
Weapons; carrying, possessing, etc. 188,891
Curfew and loitering law violations 143,002
Offenses against the family and children 122,812
Stolen property; buying, receiving, possessing 122,061
Runaways 108,879
Forgery and counterfeiting 103,448
Sex offenses (except forcible rape and prostitution) 83,979
Prostitution and commercialized vice 77,607
Vagrancy 33,666
Embezzlement 22,381
Gambling 12,161
Suspicion 2,176

There then is the imfamous: All other offenses 3,931,965

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