Erie Vital Signs

Offenses Committed & Arrests Made: Total Arrests

Recent Performance

This trend is negative or needs improvement.

After decreasing from 2011 to 2013, total arrests made in Erie County have increased again from 2013 to 2014. Although the number of arrests is still considerably less than the levels reached back in 2006, this may simply reflect the reduction in number of offenses committed.

Note about crime data: The EVS crime data come from two related but separate sources: the Pennsylvania Uniform Crime Reporting System (UCRS) and the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Each has its advantages and shortcomings, but together they give us a fuller picture of crime in Erie and its peer areas, as well as in the state and the nation. UCRS has detailed data on categories of crimes and has more recent data (through 2014), but only goes back to 2005 and only covers areas in Pennsylvania. The FBI statistics report data back to 1995 in some cases, and for all metro areas of the U.S. so we can get data for Erie’s peers there. But it reports on fewer crime categories and it takes longer to compile all those data, so the most recent are for 2013 at this point. The result of this is that some of the EVS graphs only go through 2013 and cover less-detailed crime categories (when we wish to explore Erie relative to its peers) while other data are more recent or detailed, but sacrifice data for peer areas.

The Basics

This indicator reports the number of arrests made as a result of criminal offenses.

Why It's Important

The number of arrests reflects the activities of local law enforcement authorities in response to criminal activity, and indicates the number of offenses that are deemed to be severe enough to warrant legal authority detainment. The level of crime, which may be influenced by many different variables, will affect the degree to which residents of an area feel safe living in the community.

The Details

This variable measures the total number of arrests by police in Erie County in a given year.

The Nitty-Gritty Details

Pennsylvania Uniform Crime Reporting System


This EVS indicator has no subcategories.

Peer Areas

The data source used here only provides statistics for Erie and other metro areas in Pennsylvania.




Pennsylvania Uniform Crime Reporting System Uniform Crime Reporting System

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