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Law Enforcement & Juvenile Crime
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 2019 than in 1980 for persons under the age of 30.

Property Crime Index arrests per 100,000 population, 1980, 1988, 2019

Age 1980 1988 2019
10 to 12 656.4 829.8 58.0
13 to 14 2,414.9 2,796.4 343.8
Age 15 3,630.6 3,854.8 596.6
Age 16 3,938.9 4,082.3 672.7
Age 17 3,904.5 3,982.0 737.5
Age 18 3,340.9 3,729.9 847.1
Age 19 2,577.8 2,912.6 787.0
Age 20 2,159.5 2,444.7 710.0
Age 21 1,830.4 2,175.2 682.4
Age 22 1,605.9 2,031.3 662.7
Age 23 1,424.9 1,850.0 668.5
Age 24 1,295.4 1,704.7 676.6
25 to 29 977.9 1,436.3 725.4
30 to 34 627.9 1,092.2 710.6
35 to 39 437.4 770.1 604.3
40 to 44 333.8 479.3 443.9
45 to 49 259.5 325.5 323.4
50 to 54 197.3 233.3 259.9
55 to 59 147.7 171.0 174.2
60 to 64 109.3 120.0 90.8

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 30 and 59 had higher Property Crime Index arrest rates in 2019 than in 1980.
  • For all juvenile age groups, Property Crime Index arrest rates in 2019 were well below the levels in 1980. On average, Property Crime Index arrest rates for juveniles ages 15-17 fell 83% between 1980 and 2019.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/crime/qa05305.asp?qaDate=2019. Released on November 16, 2020.

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 2015 through 2019 developed by the National Center for Juvenile Justice based on data published in the FBI's Crime in the United States reports. These are preliminary estimates that will be updated upon release of final estimates on the Bureau of Justice Statistics' Arrest Data Analysis Tool.

 

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