FBI Crime Clock


The FBI Crime Clock is a list of crimes reported to police departments across the USA. All police departments in the country send these statistical lists to the FBI. The lists represent the annual ratio of reported crime to fixed time intervals and should not be taken to imply regularity in the commission of crime.


 2013 Crime Clock 2014 Crime Clock 2015 Crime Clock

Violent Crime occurred every 

27.1 seconds   

26.3 seconds

26.3 seconds

One Murder every

37 Minutes 36.9 Minutes 33.5 Minutes

One Rape every  

6.6 Minutes 4.5 Minutes 4.2 Minutes

One Robbery every  

1.5 Minutes 1.6 Minutes 1.6 Minutes

One Aggravated Assault every

43.5 Seconds 42.5 Seconds 41.3 Seconds

A Property Crime occurred every

3.8 seconds   

3.8 seconds

3.9 seconds

One Burglary every 

16.4 Seconds 18.2 Seconds 20.2 Seconds

One Larceny-Theft every  

5.3 Seconds 5.4 Seconds 5.5 Seconds

One Motor Vehicle Theft every

45.1 Seconds 45.7 Seconds 44.6 Seconds

2016 Crime Statistics Released

Violent Crime Increases, Property Crime Decreases

Violent crime increased for the second consecutive year, while property crime decreased for the 14th straight year, according to the FBI’s annual report on national crime statistics released today. There were an estimated 17,250 murders in the U.S. last year, an 8.6 percent increase from 2015.

Overall violent crime rose 4.1 percent last year, while property crime fell 1.3 percent compared to 2015 figures.

Crime in the United States, 2016 is a compilation of information reported to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program by more than 16,000 law enforcement agencies nationwide.



The report showed there were an estimated 1.2 million violent crimes in the U.S. last year. Though the violent crime numbers rose from 2015 to 2016, the five-year and 10-year trends show an increase from 2012 (up 2.6 percent) and a decrease from 2007 (down 12.3 percent).

Additional statistics from Crime in the United States, 2016 include:

  • Last year’s data shows there were 95,730 rapes reported to law enforcement, based on the UCR’s legacy definition. (Learn more about the updated rape definition.)
  • Of the violent crimes reported to police in 2016, aggravated assault made up 64.3 percent, while robbery was 26.6 percent. Rape (legacy definition) accounted for 7.7 percent of the violent crimes reported last year, and murder made up 1.4 percent.
  • About 7.9 million property crimes were reported to the UCR, with losses (excluding arson) of about $15.6 billion.
  • The report estimates that law enforcement agencies made about 10.7 million arrests in 2016 (excluding arrests for traffic violations).

The 2016 report has been streamlined from 81 information tables to 29, but it still includes key data on major categories—such as known offenses and number of arrests—that researchers, law enforcement, and the public expect. Crime in the United States, 2016 also includes the additional publications Federal Crime Data, Human Trafficking, and Cargo Theft.

In his message accompanying the report, FBI Director Christopher Wray called on law enforcement agencies to continue transitioning to the more informative National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS). Use of NIBRS data, which will be the national standard for crime reporting by 2021, will provide additional transparency. Wray called for the country to “get beyond anecdotal evidence and collect more comprehensive data so that we have a clearer and more complete picture of crime in the United States.” He also noted the creation of the FBI’s database to collect law enforcement use-of-force statistics to facilitate an informed dialogue within communities.

“The more complete the data, the better we can inform, educate, and strengthen all of our communities,” Wray said.


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