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Crime in the United States, 2015, presents data tables containing information on the topics listed below. Data users can download Microsoft Excel spreadsheets of the data tables and Adobe PDFs of most of the text.
Includes information about violent crime offenses (murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault) and property crime offenses (burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson).
Provides additional data that the program collects on the eight offenses. Depending on the offense, these details may include the type of weapon and the type and value of items stolen. For the offense of murder, expanded homicide data include information about murder victims, offenders, and circumstances that are collected as supplemental homicide data.
Furnishes information about crimes “solved” either by arrest or exceptional means.
Provides the number of arrests made by law enforcement and the age, gender, race, and ethnicity of arrestees for the 28 offenses (see Offense Definitions) for which the UCR Program publishes arrest data.
Supplies information regarding sworn officers and civilian law enforcement personnel.
Agencies contributing data
The table below shows the number of law enforcement agencies contributing data to the UCR Program within each population group for 2015. Information published in Crime in the United States, 2015, reflects data from these agencies.
Number of Agencies
I (250,000 inhabitants and more)
II (100,000 to 249,999 inhabitants)
III (50,000 to 99,999 inhabitants)
IV (25,000 to 49,999 inhabitants)
V (10,000 to 24,999 inhabitants)
VI (Less than 10,000 inhabitants)1, 2
VIII (Nonmetropolitan County)2
IX (Metropolitan County)2
1Includes universities and colleges to which no population is attributed.
2Includes state police to which no population is attributed.
National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) participation
Currently, 33 states are certified to report data via the NIBRS. Among agencies within those states, 39 percent reported all of their statistics via the NIBRS. This represented 31 percent of the U.S. population covered by UCR participants and accounted for 28 percent of all crime reported to the UCR Program.
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Rankings by crime levels—Any comparisons of crime among different locales should take into consideration numerous other factors besides the areas’ crime statistics. Therefore, the UCR Program does not provide rankings of localities by crime levels. Caution Against Ranking provides more details concerning the proper use of UCR statistics.
Information about unreported crime—Crime in the United States features data collected from law enforcement agencies regarding only those offenses known to police. However, the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), another agency within the Department of Justice, administers the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS). Using data from the NCVS, the BJS publishes information regarding crimes not reported to the police. For more information about the NCVS and how its data differ from information presented in Crime in the United States, see The Nation’s Two Crime Measures.
County crime totals and “raw data”—Crime in the United States offers crime data from local and county law enforcement agencies in separate tables. These data, which are also presented individually within a county (Crime by County), and other 2015 “raw data” from the UCR Program’s master files will be available sometime after the release of the 2015 publication. For more information, contact the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special studies—In previous years, Crime in the United States included special studies analyzing UCR data. Such studies are now released separately from the publication as monographs on www.fbi.gov.
Crime data for 2016—Preliminary statistics for January through June 2016 will be available on the Web in early 2017. Crime in the United States, 2016, will be published on the Web in the fall of 2017.
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United States Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation. (September 2016). Crime in the United States, 2015. Retrieved (insert date), from (insert URL for data cited).
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