Crime data is interesting.
Sometimes the data tells us much concerning what is going on and sometimes it is both misleading and confusing. In this section of pages, Criminal Justice Law hopes to shed light on how best to use and interpret crime data statistics while at the same time having a little fun with the data.
This information is derived from the 2013 FBI Uniform Crime Report. Getting the UCR makes us criminal justice geeks we are as happy as a wrongfully convicted man getting his sentence overturned. We will be pouring over this data for some time and producing charts, graphs, and anything else we think will be useful to our readers.
Be sure to bookmark these pages and return often because we are going to be pulling data from these sets for some time. There is much to learn from this information and there is more to come because the FBI has yet to release all the data they have gathered. The UCR is only the beginning, you know.
The Data we have garnered so far from the 2013 FBI UCR includes:
- Crime Rates for the Top 100 US Cities by Population
- Top 100 Crime Rates as a Percent to Population
- U.S. Violent Crime: Top 500 Cities Total
- U.S. Violent Crime: Top 500 Cities Percent to Population
- U.S. Murders: Top 500 Cities Total
- U.S. Murders: Top 500 Cities Percent to Population
- U.S. Rapes Reported Rates: Top 500 Cities Total
- U.S. Rapes Reported: Top 500 Cities Percent to Population
- U.S. Robbery: Top 500 Cities Total
- U.S. Robbery: Top 500 Cities Percent to Population
- U.S. Aggravated Assault: Top 500 Cities Total
- U.S. Aggravated Assault: Top 500 Cities Percent to Population
- U.S. Property Crime: Top 500 Cities Total
- U.S. Property Crime: Top 500 Cities Percent to Population
- U.S. Burglary: Top 500 Cities Total
- U.S. Burglary: Top 500 Cities Percent to Population
- U.S. Larceny/Theft: Top 500 Cities Total
- U.S. Larceny/Theft: Top 500 Cities Percent to Population
- U.S. Vehicle Theft: Top 500 Cities Total
- U.S. Vehicle Theft: Top 500 Cities Percent to Population
- U.S. Arson: Top 500 Cities Total
- U.S. Arson: Top 500 Cities Percent to Population
The crime data found in the accompanying pages can be downloaded free in XL spreadsheet format using Google Docs.
A Note About This UCR Data for Criminal Justice Research
Criminal justice research relies largely on data such as provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the Uniform Crime Report. Since the earliest days of the FBI, police agencies nationwide have been reporting their data and this information has been made use of my researchers worldwide. However, it should be noted that not every law enforcement agency reports nor is reporting by these agencies uniform. Still, the FBI does an excellent job bringing the data together so that researchers and students can better understand crime trends nationwide.
This data is not the complete 2013 FBI UCR. We extracted information and isolated it in our own format for easier reference. In addition, this data was compiled by us years ago when the site was criminaljusticelaw.us. We shut that site down for various reasons and did not retrieve the data from the years since. But rather than discard this data, we decided to add it to this new website then add this year, fill in the gaps, then move backwards in order to develop a library of easy access data for our readers.
Why Get this Data from CriminalJusticeLaw.org Instead of Directly from the FBI?
Frankly, while the FBI does a great job collecting and distributing the data, there is far more information than the average student wants or needs. The format we use for the data simplifies the information so that creating research papers in undergrad criminal justice courses is made easier. We strongly encourage, however, our readers to obtain (download directly from the FBI website) their own full copies of the UCR. Your own library of data will be invaluable should you enter post-graduate school.
More to come soon