Overall national percent of crimes cleared or resolved. Clearance statistics measures the proportion of reported crimes that were resolved by arrest or by exceptional means. Examples of exceptional clearances include, but are not limited to, the death of the offender (e.g., suicide or justifiably killed by police or citizen); the victim’s refusal to cooperate with the prosecution after the offender has been identified; or the denial of extradition because the offender committed a crime in another jurisdiction and is being prosecuted for that offense.
Crime Cleared 27 Years Later
Published Thursday, December 18th, 2008
In the news, 27 years ago Adam Walsh was abducted from an arcade in The Hollywood mall where his mother left him while she shopped. It was routine, but not anymore. Two weeks later, fishermen discovered only the boy’s severed head in a canal 120 miles from the mall. Only now has the Police Department declared the original suspect the killer. The kidnapping incident spurred the creation of missing persons units at every large police department and a national center, database and toll-free line devoted to missing children. It also prompted the television program “America’s Most Wanted,” hosted by John Walsh, the father of Adam. The show has helped catch 1049 fugitives as more eyes and ears are out there looking for missing persons or fugitives from the law.
Clearance statistics, not just on kidnapping, have remained low, despite many efforts to increase the percentages through community policing and other methods. Violent crime clearance has actually decreased from 47.5% to 44.5%. Property crime clearance has remained relatively steady at approximately 16.5%. That means that 83.5% of all burglaries, auto thefts, larceny-theft and arson go unaccounted. Overall, clearances of both violent and property crimes, by percentage, have reduced since the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report has covered the subject.
U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics: Offenses Cleared - http://www.fbi.gov/ucr/cius_04/offenses_cleared/index.html
Law Enforcement Management and Administrative Statistics (LEMAS), conducted every 3 to 4 years, collects data from over 3,000 State and local law enforcement agencies, including all those that employ 100 or more sworn officers and a nationally representative sample of smaller agencies.
U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigations: COPS Office - http://www.cops.usdoj.gov/
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