What information is included in crime statistics?


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The FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program is the main source of crime statistics for all known offenses committed in the United States each year. The UCR program collects data from local criminal justice agencies and releases an annual report summarizing national statistics for violent crimes, property crimes and arrests.

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The FBI report presents detailed statistics for violent crimes including murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. The FBI reports property crimes data for burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft and arson.

In addition to reporting on the total number of known criminal offenses in each category, the FBI offers detailed data regarding crime locations, times crimes were committed and types of larcenies. The report also presents detailed homicide data, including types of weapons used and the circumstances leading to the homicide. The age, race and gender of the homicide victims and offenders are also provided.

The FBI also reports the number of arrests made each year, arrest rates by crime, number of juvenile arrests, and detainee demographic information including age, race and gender.

The UCR annual report also includes analyses of crime trends, comparing current crime data with statistics from the previous 20 years. The report also presents current and historical statistics for city, county and state jurisdictions.

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