|Juvenile Arrest Rate Trends
The juvenile arrest rate for larceny-theft reached a new historic low in 2012.
Juvenile Arrest Rates for Larceny-theft, 1980-2012
|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 18% through 2008.
- Following four years of decline (down 29%), the juvenile arrest rate for larceny-theft in 2012 was at its lowest level in more than three decades, and 16% below the previous low point in 2006.
- In 2012, 76% 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 09, 2014.
Adapted from Puzzanchera, C. (2013). Juvenile Arrests 2011
. Washington, D.C.: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
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