|Source||Federal Bureau of Investigation|
|File Size||1 GB per year|
|Dates Covered||2012 for this purchase (contact NICAR for data from 1993-2011)|
|Buy this database||Click here to purchase and download this database|
The Uniform Crime Reports, comprised of six databases, includes crime information reported to the FBI by law enforcement agencies around the country. Most of the data consist of the "index" crimes: murder, nonnegligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny-theft, motor-vehicle theft and arson. These crimes, with the exception of arson, were chosen in 1929 to serve as an index for gauging fluctuations in the overall volume and rate of crime. Arson was added by Congressional mandate in 1979.
During the early planning of the program, it was recognized that the differences among criminal codes precluded a mere aggregation of state statistics to arrive at a national total. Further, because of the variances in punishment for the same offenses in different state codes, no distinction between felony and misdemeanor crimes was possible.
All databases in the Uniform Crime Reports, except the Supplemental Homicide Report (SHR), are arranged by police reporting agencies. Occurrences are presented as aggregates. The data is broken down by month. All the databases provide the region, state, county, city, metropolitan statistical area (MSA) and reporting agency identifier.
The data are available in either CSV or SQL format (the latter for MySQL users only).
Contact the database library if you are interested in a state slice, or a single database (such as the SHR).
Record layouts and samples of this database
Sources on Crime Victims
This tipsheet is filled top to bottom with sources on crime victims, including journalism organizations and general crime statistics.
Check your sources: Figuring out what criminal justice data and documents really say
Gabrielson's tipsheet addresses identifying the shortcomings in data - specifically criminal justice data. Gabrielson points out common mistakes made when using the data, and how to avoid them.
Crimewise, OC ranks as peaceful area
Statistically, speaking, from a crime standpoint, Orange County is a tide pool in a turbulent ocean. None of the county's large cities ranks among the most crime-ridden communities in California. And crime rates elsewhere in the nation dwarf those in the county according to a Register analysis of the FBI's Uniform Crime Report.
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Deadly force: An investigation of D.C. police shootings
Washington Post series reveals that D.C. police officers in the 1990s have shot and killed more people per resident than any other large American city police force. Internal police files and court records revealed a pattern of reckless gunplay by officers with inadequate training and little oversight.