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The Advantage of NIBRS Data

The National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) was implemented to improve the quality of crime data collected by law enforcement by capturing detailed information on each single crime occurrence.  Designed for law enforcement, the NIBRS has the flexibility to gather administrative facts on crime incidents as well as varied information about the victims, offenses, arrestees, and property involved in them.  Accordingly, the offenses are categorized as Crimes Against Persons, Crimes Against Property, and Crimes Against Society.

NIBRS reporting provides information on most of the criminal justice issues facing law enforcement today—terrorism, white collar crime, information about assaults on law enforcement officers, offenses in which weapons were involved, drug/narcotic offenses, hate crimes, domestic and familial abuse including elder abuse, juvenile crime, gang-related crime, parental abduction, organized crime, and pornography, as well as arrest data related to driving under the influence.  In addition, NIBRS reporting captures whether the offender was suspected of using drugs/narcotics or alcohol during or shortly before the incident and whether the offender used computer equipment to perpetrate the crime.

The information in this publication provides a glimpse into the power of NIBRS—its analytical value.

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NIBRS Infographic

What NIBRS 2013 can tell us

About the Uniform Crime
Reporting (UCR) Program

A history of the UCR Program and an overview of what UCR can provide

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A history of the NIBRS and an overview of what NIBRS participation can provide

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Recent Changes to the NIBRS

NIBRS 2013
Publication Resources

About NIBRS 2013

► NIBRS Participation
          by State
          by Population Group

Data Tables

Summary of NIBRS 2013

► NIBRS Rape vs. SRS Rape




Known Offenders


Crimes Against Persons,
     Property, and Society

NIBRS Offense Definitions


Counting Rules & Illustration

Frequently Asked Questions
     About Individual Agency Data

Additional NIBRS

A Guide to Understanding NIBRS

Effects of NIBRS on Crime

UCR Statistics, Their Proper Use


FBI UCR Program Contacts

State UCR Program Contacts