Though Most Crime Rates Fell, Arson Surged During Pandemic, FBI Says

Arson increased nationally by 19.2 percent when compared with the first six months of 2019. All four regions experienced more arson, with the West seeing the largest increase of 28 percent. Arson grew the most in cities with populations over 1 million, rising by 52.1 percent. However, nonmetropolitan counties saw arson increase by 13.7 percent, while metropolitan counties experienced a slightly smaller increase of 11.6 percent.