UCR Definition

The Florida Uniform Crime Reports program defines arson as unlawful and intentional damage, or attempt to damage, of any real or personal property by fire or incendiary device.

The UCR Manual contains more information about these definitions.

Florida Statutes 

806.01  Arson and Criminal Mischief
806.031  Arson resulting in injury to another; penalty
817.233  Burning to defraud the insurer


Florida had 1,490 UCR arson offenses reported in 2017. 970 arsons occurred in inhabited property.  385 arsons occurred in abandoned property.  135 arsons occurred in an attempted property.

There were a total of 241 arrests for arson reported to the Florida UCR program.  Of these arrests, 48 were juveniles and 193 were adults. 

UCR Offense Data Officer with police report

1,487 Arson Offenses in 2017
Source: 2017 Crime in Florida Abstract (PDF)

2017 Arson Offenses by Property Type
Source: Arson by Location, 1996-2017 (Excel File)

  Information about calculating Percent Change, Crime Rates, and Clearance Rates

UCR Arrest Data Handcuffs

241 Arrests for Arson in 2017
Source: Total Arrests by County, 2017 (PDF | Excel File)

Arson Arrests by Age and Sex 2017.  193 adults and 48 juveniles committed arson.
Source: Arrests by Age and Sex, 2017 (PDF)
2017 Arson Arrests by Judicial Circuit
Source: 2017 Judicial Circuit Arrest Report (PDF Excel File)
To learn more about which counties are in what circuit, please see the Florida Courts website.  

Historical Data - Trends

Arson Trend Graph
Source: Arson by Location, 1996-2017 (Excel File)
Arson Arrests by Age and Sex, 1998-2017 (Excel File)
Computerized Criminal History Arrest by Crime Type, 2000-2017 (Excel File)

UCR books on a shelf
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