2012 Crime Statistics: Property Crime Continues to Decline
The number of violent crimes increased 0.7 percent in 2012, according to FBI figures released yesterday. However, property crimes decreased 0.9 percent, marking the 10th straight year of declines for these offenses.
The 2012 statistics show that there were an estimated 386.9 violent crime offenses per 100,000 inhabitants, and that the property crime rate was 2.859.2 offenses per 100,000 inhabitants, according to the FBI’s annual report: Crime in the United States.
Additional statistics in the report include:
- In 2012, there were an estimated 1,214,462 violent crimes.
- Nationwide, there were an estimated 8,975,438 property crimes. The estimated number of burglaries decreased 3.7 percent in 2012 compared to the 2011 figure. Motor vehicle thefts increase 0.6 percent.
- Collectively, victims of property crimes (excluding arson) suffered an estimated $15.5 billion in losses in 2012.
- The FBI estimated that agencies nationwide made about 12.2 million arrests, excluding traffic violations, in 2012.