|Juvenile Arrest Rate Trends
Despite recent growth, juvenile arrest rates for larceny-theft remain low.
Juvenile Arrest Rates for Larceny-theft, 1980-2010
|Note: Rates are arrests of persons ages 10-17 per 100,000 persons ages 10-17 in the resident population.
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- The juvenile arrest rate for larceny-theft generally increased between 1980 and the mid 1990s, then fell 52% between 1994 and 2006, reaching its lowest point since 1980. This decline reversed as the juvenile arrest rate for larceny-theft increased 17% through 2009.
- The recent increase in the juvenile arrest rate for larceny-theft was interrupted as the rate fell 11% in the last year, resting at a level just 4% above the 2006 low point.
- In 2010, 77% of all juvenile arrests for Property Crime Index offenses were for larceny-theft. Thus, juvenile Property Crime Index arrest trends largely reflect the pattern of larceny-theft arrests (which itself is dominated by shoplifting—the most common larceny-theft offense).
Internet Citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available:
December 17, 2012.
Adapted from Puzzanchera, C. and Adams, B. (2012). Juvenile Arrests 2009
. Washington, D.C.: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
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