Law enforcement agencies around the country voluntarily* submit reports to the FBI on what are known as "index" crimes: Murder, nonnegligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny-theft, motor-vehicle theft and arson. These crimes are meant to serve as an index for gauging fluctuations in both the overall volume and rate of crime. The data include the number of crimes by agency and by month. Geographic information include region, state, county, city, and metropolitan statistical area (MSA).
Included in the data:
• The Hate Crimes Report (HCR), containing information on specific offenses of bias crime. This is thesecond year NICAR has included the HCR.
• The Supplemental Homicide Report (SHR) which has information on homicides, including demographic information about victims and offenders (where applicable – unsolved homicides are included).
• Information on number of police officers (men, women, in cars, on foot) by agency.
• Demographics on people arrested for all major crimes (including drug offenses, gambling, and DUIs).
*The FBI tells us that a total of 18,290 agencies report, including city, county, state, university, tribal and federal agencies, which is the vast majority (they estimate that there are 18,000 - 19,000 agencies in the US).
UCR data are now available in CSV format and SQL format (for MySQL users only). If you'd like something different, contact us and we'll do our best to help you out. Email email@example.com or call (573) 884-7711.
UCR data can help you track different crimes in your community, as well as crime rates over time.
Peruse IRE tipsheets for help:
The IRE Resource Center also sells the handy guide Understanding Crime Statistics, by Kurt Silver and Ted Gest. Call 573-882-3364 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
To order the full data online, visit the online store at https://www.ire.org/nicar/database-library/databases/fbi-uniform-crime-reports/ or contact the library.
NICAR is a joint program of IRE and the Missouri School of Journalism. Since 1989, NICAR has maintained a library of databases containing government data on a wide array of subjects and also trained thousands of journalists in the practical skills of getting and analyzing electronic information.
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