U.S. Department of Justice
Federal Bureau of Investigation

For Immediate Release Washington DC
October 13, 1996 FBI National Press Office

Final 1995 crime statistics released today by the FBI showed that 13.9 million Crime Index offenses were reported to law enforcement across the Nation. The 1995 total represents a rate of 5,278 offenses for every 100,000 United States inhabitants. The number of crimes was down 1 percent from 1994, while the crime rate declined 2 percent. The number of violent crimes dropped 3 percent, while the rate of violent crimes dropped 4 percent. In the eight U.S. cities with more than one million population, the decrease in the number of violent crimes was 8 percent. In the 64 largest cities, with populations over 250,000, Crime Index totals dropped 3 percent.

These statistics are based on a Crime Index of selected violent and property offenses reported to the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting Program by over 16,000 law enforcement agencies, covering 95 percent of the Nation's population. Estimates are included for non-reporting areas. The 1995 data appear in Crime in the United States, the FBI's annual publication which was released today.

Highlights from the 1995 edition include:

Crime Volume

Crime Rate

Violent Crime

Property Crime

Crime Clearances


Forcible Rape

Aggravated Assault


Motor Vehicle Theft

Law Enforcement Employees

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