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Table 1 Data Declaration

Offenses Known to Law Enforcement by Federal Agency, 2015

The FBI collects these data through the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program.
Important note about rape data

In 2013, the UCR Program initiated the collection of rape data under a revised definition and removed the term “forcible” from the offense name. The UCR Program now defines rape as follows:

Rape (revised definition): Penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim. (This includes the offenses of Rape, Sodomy, and Sexual Assault with an Object as converted from data submitted via the National Incident-Based Reporting System).

Rape (legacy definition): The carnal knowledge of a female forcibly and against her will.

General comment

This table provides the volume of violent crime (murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault) and property crime (burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft) as reported by federal law enforcement agencies that contributed data to the UCR Program. (Note: Arson is not included in the property crime total in this table; however, complete arson data were provided and appear in the arson column.)

Caution against ranking

Readers should take into consideration relevant factors in addition to an agency’s crime statistics when making any valid comparisons of crime among different agencies or locales. UCR Statistics: Their Proper Use provides more details.

Methodology

The data used in creating this table are from federal agencies submitting 12 months of complete offense data for 2015.

The UCR Program publishes arson data only when an agency reports it for all 12 months of the calendar year.

When the UCR Program determines that an agency’s data collection methodology does not comply with national UCR guidelines, the figure(s) for that agency’s offense(s) will not be included in the table, and the discrepancy will be explained in a footnote.