Clearance Rates for Reported Violent and Property Crimes in the US, 1996-2015

According to the FBI's Uniform Crime Report, in 2016, of the 1,183,933 violent offenses reported to police, 45.6 percent were cleared by arrest or exceptional means. Of the 7,319,177 property offenses reported to police in 2016, only 18.3 percent were cleared by arrest or exceptional means.
In 2000, of the 1,131,923 violent offenses known to police, 47.5 percent were cleared by arrest or exceptional means. Of the 8,235,013 property offenses in 2000 known to police, only 16.7 percent were cleared by arrest or exceptional means.

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In the UCR Program, a law enforcement agency reports that an offense is cleared by arrest, or solved for crime reporting purposes, when three specific conditions have been met. The three conditions are that at least one person has been:

  • Arrested.
  • Charged with the commission of the offense.
  • Turned over to the court for prosecution (whether following arrest, courtsummons, or police notice).
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"Crime in the United States 2016 - Offenses Cleared," FBI Uniform Crime Report (Washington, DC: US Dept of Justice, September 2017), pp. 1-3
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"Crime in the United States 2015 - Offenses Cleared," FBI Uniform Crime Report (Washington, DC: US Dept. of Justice, September 2016), pp. 1-2.
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"Crime in the United States 2014 - Clearances," FBI Uniform Crime Report (Washington, DC: US Dept. of Justice, September 2015), p. 1.
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"Crime In The United States, 2013 - Offenses Cleared," FBI Uniform Crime Report (Washington, DC: US Dept. of Justice, November 2014), pp. 2-3.
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"Crime in the United States 2013 - Property Crime," FBI Uniform Crime Report (Washington, DC: US Dept. of Justice, November 2014), p. 1.
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"Crime in the United States 2013 - Violent Crime," FBI Uniform Crime Report (Washington, DC: US Dept. of Justice, November 2014), p. 1.
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"Crime in the United States 2012 - Clearances," FBI Uniform Crime Report (Washington, DC: US Dept. of Justice, September 2013), p. 1.
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"Offenses Known to Police and Cleared by Arrest," Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics (Albany, NY: The University at Albany, 2013), Table 4.20.2011, last accessed Sept. 17, 2013.
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