FBI: Early Figures Show Violent Crimes Decreased in 2018

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The FBI announced that its preliminary report on Uniform Crime Report (UCR) data for the first half of 2018 shows a decline in violent crimes by 4.3 percent. UCR will be replaced by 2021, with many jurisdictions already switched over to a new system.

The FBI has released preliminary figures on data contributed voluntarily by U.S. law enforcement agencies showing an overall decrease of 4.3 percent in the number of reported violent crimes for the first 6 months of 2018 when compared with figures reported for the same time in 2017, according to the Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report (UCR).

What is Considered a Violent Crime?

The violent crime category includes murder, rape (revised definition), robbery and aggravated assault. The FBI’s report indicates nearly all offenses in the violent crime category declined, except rape:

  • Robbery offenses decreased 12.5 percent
  • Murder and nonnegligent manslaughter offenses decreased 6.7 percent
  • Aggravated assault offenses declined 2 percent

Rape increased 0.6 percent under the agency’s revised definition — the term “forcible” was removed and the definition was changed to “penetration.”

The FBI announced that its preliminary 2018 report contains data from more than 14,000 law enforcement agencies nationwide that voluntarily submitted crime data to the UCR Program.

However, several states, including Texas, and numerous large, medium and and small cities do not report their data, as Efficientgov previously reported.

Many jurisdictions have switched to reporting their crime data to the FBI’s newer National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS), which is expected to be completed in 2021, and while some make crime data available to the public, they do not report to FBI. According to the FBI, 43 percent of law enforcement agencies are reporting through NIBRS.

The number of property crimes in the United States from January to June of 2018 based on the preliminary UCR data also dropped 7.2 percent when compared with data for the same time period in 2017, according to the UCR report. Property crimes tracked include burglary, larceny-theft and motor vehicle theft.

The full Crime in the United States 2018 report is expected to release later this year.

Learn more about the preliminary UCR 2018 data on FBI’s website.

Learn more about UCR data in our report on the complete 2017 data:

The FBI’s 10 Most Dangerous Cities – By Region

Read about local crime data trends:

Shootings Down: Jersey City 2018 Crime Data

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Andrea Fox

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Andrea Fox is Editor of EfficientGov.com and Senior Editor at Praetorian Digital. She is based in Massachusetts.