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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 2012 than in 1980 for persons under the age of 25.
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 2012 than in 1980.
  • For all juvenile age groups, Property Crime Index arrest rates in 2012 were well below the levels in 1980. On average, Property Crime Index arrest rates for juveniles between the ages of 15 and 17 fell 57% between 1980 and 2012.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/crime/qa05305.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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