When are criminals active during the day? The Crimes at Night: Analyzing Police Incident Reports in Major Cities reveals that violent crimes occur most often at night.
In 2017, an estimated 1,247,321 violent crimes occurred nationwide, a decrease of 0.2 percent from the 2016 estimate, according to FBI data.
More than half of police incidents took place during the day:
- Larceny/theft, drug violations, simple assaults, and property crimes were slightly more likely to happen while the sun was out, but more violent crimes such as driving while impaired, murder, rape/sexual assault, and robbery were more frequently reported at night.
|Offense||At Night Percentage||During the Day Percentage|
|Murder & Negligent Manslaughter||65%||35%|
|Motor Vehicle Theft||51%||49%|
Police incidents tend to happen between Monday and Friday.
- Friday experienced the highest peak in known crime reports during the day, with an average of 755 police incidents per 10,000 residents. Alternatively, Sunday had the fewest incidents during the day – an average of 595 per every 10,000 individuals.
- When are violent crimes most likely to happen? Unfortunately, midnight was the peak hour for violent crimes like rape and sexual assault, while 2 a.m. was the ideal time to stay off the roads – DWI/DUI police incidents happened the most then.
- Murder peaked at 9 p.m. and aggravated assault peaked just an hour after.