Gender and Crime In 2007, almost 76 percent of all persons arrested were male. Males made up about 82 percent of persons arrested for violent crime and 66.6 percent of persons arrested for property crime (FBI, 2008). Before considering differences in crime' rates by males and females, three similarities should be noted.
First, the three most common arrest categories for both men and women are driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUO, larceny, and minor or criminal mischief types of offenses. These three categories account for about 47 percent of all male arrests and about 49 percent of all female arrests. Second, liquor
law violations (such as underage drinking), simple assault, and disorderly conduct are middle-range offcnscs for both men and women. Th lrd, the rate of arrests for murder, arson, and embezzlement is relatively low for both men and women. The most important gender differences in arrest rates are reflected in the proportionately greater involvement of men in major property crimes (such as robbery) and violent crime (particularly murder and non-negligent manslaughter), In 2007, men accounted for about 88 percent of robberies and murders and 60 percent of all larceny-theft arrests in the United Stales. Of those types of offenses, males, under age 18 accounted for approximately 20 percent of the 2007 arrests. TIle property crimes for which women are most frequently arrested are nonviolent in nature, including shoplifting, theft of services, passing bad checks, credit card fraud, and employee pilferage. Often when women are arrested for serious violent and property crimes, they are typically seen as accomplices to men who planned the crime and instigated its commission; however, this assumption frequently does not prove true today. Studies have found that some women play an active role ill planning and carrying out robberies and other major crimes.