The Uniform Crime Reporting System

1623 Words Sep 28th, 2015 7 Pages
The Uniform Crime Reporting System (UCR) is a voluntary city, university and college, county, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement program that provides a nationwide view of crime based on the submission of statistics by law enforcement agencies throughout the country (“UCR, 2013). The UCR crime statistics are used in many ways and serve many purposes. It provides resources for different audiences such as businesses, intelligence partners, law enforcement, communities, crime victims, parents , researchers and students. Individual agencies used the reports to analyze data related to their location for accuracy. The program offers advantages for the public and various agencies but if not appropriately studied it may lead to inaccurate forecasting and adverse effects. The crime statistics available varies from specific offenses within categories of violent crimes, property crimes, hate crimes, etc. Burglary is a specific property crime that will be analyzed using the UCR reports.

The UCR site offers an array of useful information in regards to criminal statistics compiled by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Individual agencies classify information that is pertinent to their research through the publications, resources, program updates and data collected. Through the publications on this site, agencies can classify by offenses, region, state, and local agency. Some of the data that can be obtained are related to offenses for violent crime and property crime,…
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