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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 2020 than in 1980 for persons under the age of 30.
Note: The Property Crime Index includes the offenses of burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson.

2020 was the peak of the coronavirus pandemic, which may have impacted policies, procedures, and data collection activities. Additionally, stay-at-home orders likely impacted the volume and type of law-violating behavior that came to the attention of law enforcement in 2020.
  • Adults between the ages of 35 and 54 had higher Property Crime Index arrest rates in 2020 than in 1980.
  • For all juvenile age groups, Property Crime Index arrest rates in 2020 were well below the levels in 1980. On average, Property Crime Index arrest rates for juveniles ages 15-17 fell 89% between 1980 and 2020.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/crime/qa05305.asp?qaDate=2020. Released on July 08, 2022.

Data source: Arrest estimates for 1980-2014 developed by the Bureau of Justice Statistics and disseminated through "Arrest Data Analysis Tool." Online. Available from the BJS website.

Arrest estimates for 2020 developed by the National Center for Juvenile Justice based on the FBI’s 2020 Arrest Master File of 12-month reporting departments available from the Crime Data Explorer (https://crime-data-explorer.fr.cloud.gov/pages/downloads, retrieved June 14, 2022).