Trends in Official Crime Rates: FBI Uniform Crime Reports, 1960-2005

Official Violent Crime Rate has decreased since the early 1990s

The Violent Crime Index includes the offenses of murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault "known to the police" and reported to the FBI by U.S. law-enforcement agencies using the Uniform Crime Report (UCR).

UCR Violent Crime, 1980-2005

Official Property Crime Rate peaked in the 1980s and declined since the early 1990s

The Property Crime Index includes burglary, larceny/theft, and motor vehicle theft. The Property Index Crime of arson is not included in the trend data shown below.

UCR Property Crime, 1980-2005
Source: U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Crime in the United States ( Next Page