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NIBRS Crime Statistics Report for 2012 Issued

Today, the FBI released the second published compilation of annual statistics from the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS), which was created in the 1990s as part of the Uniform Crime Reporting Program to improve the quality and quantity of crime data collected by law enforcement by capturing more detailed information on each single crime occurrence.

Dec 09, 2013 09:00 AM

NIBRS Crime Statistics Report for 2012 Issued

NIBRS 2012 GraphicToday, the FBI released the second published compilation of annual statistics from the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS), which was created in the 1990s as part of the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program to improve the quality and quantity of crime data collected by law enforcement by capturing more detailed information on each single crime occurrence.

The publication—entitled NIBRS 2012—represents crime data from calendar year 2012 as reported by 6,115 law enforcement agencies in 36 states, representing 33.4 percent of all UCR contributors. Overall, these agencies reported 5,001,060 incidents that involved 5,734,653 offenses, 6,050,049 victims, and 4,556,183 known offenders. NIBRS 2012 includes a total of 97 tables—32 tables with diverse incident-based data, 24 tables with statistics on sex offenses, 36 tables that list offenses by state, and five tables focusing on the demographics of arrestees.

NIBRS offers more detailed information than the annual Crime in the United States publication and can paint a more complete picture of a crime incident than any other collection of data. For example, it expands UCR data from a summary of eight crime categories to specific incident-level data across 22 major offense categories. However, for now, Crime in the United States remains the best gauge of national crime levels, rates, and trends while NIBRS continues to increase its participation.

NIBRS 2012 report | Press release | A Guide to Understanding NIBRS (pdf) | Additional NIBRS publications | FBI, This Week Podcast: NIBRS 2012