The Naval Postgraduate School & The U.S. Department of Homeland Security

2012 Crime Statistics Paint a Clear Picture of American Crime

The FBI has released 2012 crime statistics for the nation. These statistics include a breakdown of estimated crime and how they compare to years prior. For example, the estimated rate of violent crime was around 387 offenses per 100,000 people, a number that remains virtually unchanged from 2011.

According to the press release, "[a] total of 18,290 city, county, state, university and college, tribal, and federal agencies participated in the UCR program in 2012." Statistics from these different organizations also include financial estimates for crimes such as property loss.

Other relevant statistics include:

  • "Collectively, victims of property crimes (excluding arson) suffered losses calculated at $15.5 billion in 2012.
  • The FBI estimated that agencies nationwide made about 12.2 million arrests, excluding traffic violations, in 2012. The arrest rate for violent crime was 166.3 per 100,000 inhabitants, and the rate for property crime was 528.1 per 100,000 inhabitants.
  • By violent crime offense, the arrest rate for murder and non-negligent manslaughter was 3.5; forcible rape, 5.8; robbery, 33.1; and the aggravated assault, 123.9 per 100,000 inhabitants.
  • By property crime offense, the arrest rate for burglary was 90.7; larceny-theft, 411.9; and motor vehicle theft, 21.9. The arrest rate for arson was 3.7 per 100,000 inhabitants."