U.S. Crime Rates Fell in 2017
The estimated number of violent and property crimes fell slightly last year, after two years of gains in the violent-crime rate, according to FBI figures.
In addition to declining numbers, the rates of crimes when accounting for the population also declined. The violent-crime rate was 392.9 offenses per 100,000 residents last year, which was down 0.9 percent from a year earlier, according to the FBI. The property-crime rate was 2,362.2 offenses per 100,000 residents, which was down 3.6 percent, according to the FBI.
The statistics are part of the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program, which collected data from 16,655 city, county, college, state, tribal and federal law-enforcement agencies last year. The agencies reported violent crimes of murder, non-negligent manslaughter, rape, robbery and aggravated assault. Property crimes are burglary, larceny-theft, motor-vehicle theft and arson.