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Age-specific Arrest Rate Trends
Q: What is the trend for age-specific arrest rates for Property Crime Index offenses?
A: Property Crime Index arrest rates were lower in 2011 than in 1980 for persons under the age of 25.

Property Crime Index arrests per 100,000 population, 1980, 1988, 2011

Age 1980 1988 2011

10 to 12 656.4 829.8 168.6
13 to 14 2,415.0 2,796.2 866.3
Age 15 3,630.5 3,855.0 1,557.9
Age 16 3,939.0 4,082.2 1,935.5
Age 17 3,904.6 3,982.0 2,151.8
Age 18 3,341.1 3,729.9 2,332.5
Age 19 2,577.8 2,912.7 2,032.5
Age 20 2,159.6 2,444.7 1,703.5
Age 21 1,830.5 2,175.2 1,495.5
Age 22 1,605.9 2,031.3 1,368.6
Age 23 1,424.9 1,850.1 1,252.4
Age 24 1,295.4 1,704.7 1,171.4
25 to 29 977.9 1,436.3 982.6
30 to 34 628.0 1,092.2 771.3
35 to 39 437.4 770.1 581.5
40 to 44 333.8 479.3 510.4
45 to 49 259.5 325.5 418.8
50 to 54 197.3 233.3 279.8
55 to 59 147.7 171.0 155.2
60 to 64 109.3 120.0 77.2

Note: The Property Crime Index includes the offenses of burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson.

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  • Adults between the ages of 25 and 60 had higher Property Crime Index arrest rates in 2011 than in 1980.
  • For all juvenile age groups, Property Crime Index arrest rates in 2011 were well below the levels in 1980. On average, Property Crime Index arrest rates for juveniles between the ages of 15 and 17 fell 50% between 1980 and 2011.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/crime/qa05305.asp?qaDate=2011. Released on February 25, 2014.

Data Source: Arrest estimates developed by the Bureau of Justice Statistics and disseminated through “Arrest Data Analysis Tool.” Online. Available from the BJS website.

 

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