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Crime in the United States 2000

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This report presents statistics on crime in the United States for the year 2000 as well as for the period 1996-2000. Statistice are from the Uniform Crime Reports, which provide a nationwide view of crime based on statistics contributed by State and local law enforcement agencies.
The first section of the report summarizes the Uniform Crime Reporting Program, and Section II provides narrative comments as well as figures and tables on the Crime Index offenses reported to police agencies. The offenses covered are the violent crimes of murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault, along with the property crimes of burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson. Data on hate crimes are reported in a separate category. The Crime Index total, considered a measure of serious crime, decreased 0.2 percent to an estimated 11.6 million offenses in 2000. This is the lowest measure since 1978. Five-year and 10-year trends indicate that the 2000 national total was 14 percent lower than in 1996 and 22 percent lower than in 1991. Violent crimes constituted 12.3 percent of Crime Index offenses, and property crimes composed 87.7 percent. Larceny-theft was the offense most often reported to law enforcement. Murder was least often reported. Section II provides narrative comments, along with figures and tables on Crime Index offenses cleared. Remaining sections present narrative comments and statistics on persons arrested, an analysis of motor vehicle theft using the Survival Model, and law enforcement personnel statistics. Appendixes provide methodological information, a Directory of State Uniform Crime Reporting Programs, and other supplementary information.