Why the County Record Office in the United States has recorded more than 100,000 crimes in the past three years – by county
The United States recorded nearly a million recorded crimes last year, the FBI says, making it the world’s third-largest recording nation after the United Kingdom and Germany.
The FBI released the statistics on Thursday in its annual report to Congress, which is investigating whether states and localities have been keeping their citizens’ data more secure.
The data was collected from January 1, 2015, to December 31, 2016, and the report said there were a total of 1.2 million recorded criminal incidents in the U.S. last year.
The country recorded 5,096,064 arrests last year for violent crimes and 2,742,564 for property crimes.
The U.K. recorded 3,818,095 arrests and the United Arab Emirates 3,921,926 arrests.
India recorded 639,664 arrests and Egypt 474,769 arrests.
“In 2017, our nation recorded an unprecedented 1.22 million recorded crime arrests, and this is a record high,” FBI Director James Comey said in a statement.
“But that’s not the only record.
There are hundreds of thousands of records that don’t get recorded, and many of those that do aren’t being reported.”
In addition to the nation’s record, the report showed that the FBI collected a record number of misdemeanor and felony arrest records from March to December of this year.
Comey said that the record number was not just about a spike in arrests, but also the volume of criminal information in the records.
“It is possible that this year’s surge in arrest activity was caused by a significant increase in reporting and sharing of criminal incidents,” Comey said.
“More than 4.5 million criminal incidents were reported to the FBI in 2017, a 10 percent increase from 2016, a 50 percent increase over the previous year, and a 35 percent increase in the prior decade.”
In 2017, more than half of all U.s. felonies were reported by police, according to the report.
The total number of recorded arrests in the country rose to 929,824, and in 2017 the average length of time police were required to detain someone for an arrest increased from three to six hours.
According to the bureau, the average arrest was about 30 minutes.
Comey called the record year a good indicator that more people are being held accountable for their crimes.
“The FBI’s goal is to help the public understand that they can be held accountable, but we also want to make sure we get our data right,” Comey added.