FBI – Uniform Crime Report

since 1930

Each month, law enforcement agencies report the number of known ‘index crimes’ in their jurisdiction to the FBI

Violent crime & Property crime

  • 1927 – IACP created the Committee on Uniform Crime Reporting
    – to determine statistics for national comparisons:
    – murder
    – non-negligent manslaughter
    – forcible rape
    – burglary
    – aggravated assault
    – larceny
    – motor vehicle theft
  • 1930 – 1st report = 400 cities in 43 states
    – covering 20 million (20% of U.S. population)
  • 1934 – Uniform Crime Report
    – by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)
  • 1979 – arson was added
  • 1984 – NIBRS
  • 2003 – data compiled from more than 16,000 agencies
    – 93 percent of the population in 46 states and D.C.
  • 2021 – Projected shift to NIBRS countrywide

  • Traditional Summary Reporting System (SRS)
  • National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS)
  • Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted (LEOKA) Program
  • Hate Crime Statistics Program
  • Cargo Theft Reporting Program


Crimes NOT indexed:

  • Public Corruption
  • Kidnappings
  • Drug Trafficing
  • Money Laundering
  • Human Smuggling
  • Weapon Smuggling
  • Cyber Crimes
  • Stash Houses

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