|Juvenile Arrest Rate Trends
Between 1989 and 2010, the juvenile arrest rate for motor vehicle theft fell 77%, so that the rate in 2010 was at its lowest level since at least 1980.
Juvenile Arrest Rates for Motor Vehicle 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 motor vehicle theft more than doubled between 1983 and 1989, up 141%.
- After the 1989 peak, the juvenile arrest rate for motor vehicle theft declined steadily through 2010, falling 86%. In 2010, the juvenile arrest rate for motor vehicle theft was less than in any year in the 1980–2010 period.
- This large decline in juvenile arrests outpaced declines in adult statistics. Between 2001 and 2010, the number of juvenile motor vehicle theft arrests fell 67%, while adult motor vehicle theft arrests decreased 44%.
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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