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Age-specific Arrest Rate Trends
Q: What is the trend for age-specific arrest rates for robbery?
A: Since 1980, robbery arrest rates have decreased for nearly all age groups - the decrease was greater for juveniles than adults.

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  • In comparison to aggravated assault, robbery arrest rates increased less across age groups between 1980 and 1994.
  • Between 1994 and 2012, robbery arrest rates declined for all age groups, but the declines were somewhat greater for juveniles than for adults. More specifically, the rates dropped 63% for youth ages 15-17, compared with 39% for adults ages 18-24, 44% for those ages 25-29, and 45% for those ages 30-39.
  • Overall from 1980 to 2012, robbery arrest rates for youth ages 15-17 decreased 50%. In comparison, the robbery arrest rates for adults showed smaller declines or increased. More specifically, the rates decreased 37% for adults ages 18-24, 35% for adults ages 25-29, and 22% for those ages 30-34. The rate increased 25% among those ages 40-44,62% for those ages 45-49, and 70% for those ages 50-54.
  • Across all juvenile age groups, age-specific robbery arrest rates in 2012 were at their lowest level since at least 1980.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/crime/qa05304.asp?qaDate=2012. Released on December 16, 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. Retrieved October 14, 2014.


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