2015-2016 FBI UCR Percent Change Crimes by Region Bar Charts

Image of the overall crime data from the 2016 mid-year Uniform crime report. caption reads. 2016 mid-year FBI UCR is out and shows some odd trends.

The United States Department of Justice via the Federal Bureau of Investigation provides an abundance of data each year in the Uniform Crime Report (UCR). Some years, the FBI provides mid-year data. 2016 was one such year.

One of the goals of CriminalJusticeLaw.org is to provide this data in an easy-to-read format and we have been debating how to best present the information. The FBI UCR is provided in several spreadsheets. The spreadsheet from which the following bar charts were derived is available for download at the bottom of this page.

We decided that the best way to present the data was to create charts, which are more visible and easier to understand. We present this information without bias or conclusions.

This bar chart shows the changes in Aggravated Assault for the first six months in 2016. Click on the chart for a larger view. As can be seen, the largest increase as a percentage occurred in the Midwest Region with the lowest in the Northeast. Bar Chart by CriminalJusticeLaw.org
This bar chart shows the changes in Aggravated Assault for the first six months in 2016. Click on the chart for a larger view. As can be seen, the largest increase as a percentage occurred in the Midwest Region with the lowest in the Northeast. Bar Chart by CriminalJusticeLaw.org
This bar chart shows the changes in Arson for the first six months in 2016. To see a larger view, click on the chart. Note that the Northeast Region had the greatest increase in Arson while the West and Midwest Regions experienced declines in this crime.
This bar chart shows the changes in Arson for the first six months in 2016. To see a larger view, click on the chart. Note that the Northeast Region had the greatest increase in Arson while the West and Midwest Regions experienced declines in this crime. Bar Chart by CriminalJusticeLaw.org
This bar chart shows the changes in Burglary for the first six months in 2016. Burglary declined between 2015 and 2016 mid-year reporting in every region. However, it should be noted that such times tend to increase the most in the winter months nearing Christmas, so this could change with the full 2016 UCR.
This bar chart shows the changes in Burglary for the first six months in 2016. Burglary declined between 2015 and 2016 mid-year reporting in every region. However, it should be noted that such times tend to increase the most in the winter months nearing Christmas, so this could change with the full 2016 UCR. Bar Chart by CriminalJusticeLaw.org
This bar chart shows the changes in Larceny Theft for the first six months in 2016. As with burglary, theft tends to be lower in the first half of the year so by the end of the year there could be increases. Still, these are positive results in comparison to mid-year figures from 2015.
This bar chart shows the changes in Larceny Theft for the first six months in 2016. As with burglary, theft tends to be lower in the first half of the year so by the end of the year there could be increases. Still, these are positive results in comparison to mid-year figures from 2015. Bar Chart by CriminalJusticeLaw.org
This bar chart shows the changes in Motor Vehicle Thefts for the first six months in 2016. From January to June 2016, Motor Vehicle Thefts increased the most in the West and the least in the Northeast Regions. The reason for this difference is anyone's guess. Could be a good research paper here. Hint, hint.
This bar chart shows the changes in Motor Vehicle Thefts for the first six months in 2016. From January to June 2016, Motor Vehicle Thefts increased the most in the West and the least in the Northeast Regions. The reason for this difference is anyone’s guess. Could be a good research paper here. Hint, hint. Bar Chart by CriminalJusticeLaw.org
This bar chart shows the changes in Murders for the first six months in 2016. Overall violent crimes are up over 2015 and the Murder rate increases by region reflect this. Oddly, the Midwest Region has the lowest increase despite the enormous increases in Chicago. Interestingly, the South experienced the greatest increases in the murder rate for the first half of 2016.
This bar chart shows the changes in Murders for the first six months in 2016. Overall violent crimes are up over 2015 and the Murder rate increases by region reflect this. Oddly, the Midwest Region has the lowest increase despite the enormous increases in Chicago. Interestingly, the South experienced the greatest increases in the murder rate for the first half of 2016. Bar Chart by CriminalJusticeLaw.org
During the first half of 2016, as shown in this bar chart, property crimes overall declined in the United States. The only region which experienced increases was the West with the Northeastern Region experiencing the greatest decline. Bar Chart by CriminalJusticeLaw.org
During the first half of 2016, as shown in this bar chart, property crimes overall declined in the United States. The only region which experienced increases was the West with the Northeastern Region experiencing the greatest decline. Bar Chart by CriminalJusticeLaw.org
This bar chart shows the changes in Robberies for the first six months in 2016. The Southern Region experienced the greatest increases in Robberies while the Northeast the only region to experience a decrease. Bar Chart by CriminalJusticeLaw.org
This bar chart shows the changes in Robberies for the first six months in 2016. The Southern Region experienced the greatest increases in Robberies while the Northeast the only region to experience a decrease. Bar Chart by CriminalJusticeLaw.org
This bar chart shows the changes in Violent Crimes for the first six months in 2016. Violent crimes increased in every Region of the United States for the first half of 2016 with three out of the four regions nearly tying for the highest increase. The western region slightly topped the chart with the Northeastern having the smallest increase in this type of crime.
This bar chart shows the changes in Violent Crimes for the first six months in 2016. Violent crimes increased in every Region of the United States for the first half of 2016 with three out of the four regions nearly tying for the highest increase. The western region slightly toped the chart with the Northeastern having the smallest increase in this type of crime. Bar Chart created by CriminalJusticeLaw.org

The following spreadsheet may be viewed using Google Docs or downloaded using the link provided. The downloaded version includes the bar charts shown on this page.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation provides the following information related to the data found in its UCR on its website.

FBI UCR Offenses Known to Law Enforcement

The FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program collects the number of offenses that come to the attention of law enforcement for violent crime and property crime, as well as data regarding clearances of these offenses. In addition, the FBI collects auxiliary information about these offenses (e.g., time of day of burglaries). The expanded offense data include trends in both crime volume and crime rate per 100,000 inhabitants. Finally, the UCR Program collects expanded homicide data, which includes information about homicide victims and offenders, weapons used, the circumstances surrounding the offenses, and justifiable homicides.

Violent Crime

Violent crime is composed of four offenses: murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. Violent crimes are defined in the UCR Program as those offenses that involve force or threat of force.

The Violent Crime section of this report provides more information about violent crime and an overview of violent crime data for 2015.

Property Crime

Property crime includes the offenses of burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson. The object of the theft-type offenses is the taking of money or property, but there is no force or threat of force against the victims.

The Property Crime section of this report provides more information about property crime and an overview of property crime data for 2015.

Clearances

Within the UCR Program, law enforcement agencies can clear, or “close,” offenses in one of two ways: by arrest or by exceptional means. Although agencies may administratively close a case, this does not necessarily mean that the agency can clear the offense for UCR purposes.

The Clearances section of this report provides more information about the criteria used to clear an offense for UCR purposes and an overview of clearance data for 2015.

Expanded offense data

The FBI collects the number of offenses for the crimes of murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson through the UCR Program. In addition to the number of offenses known to the police, the FBI also collects other data about these offenses, such as the locations of robberies, time of day of burglaries, and types of larcenies. These expanded data include 2-year trends concerning additional information about select offenses (e.g., type of weapon), 2-year trends for crime volumes, and current year crime rates per 100,000 inhabitants.

See the Expanded Offense Data section of this report for more information.

Expanded homicide data

The Expanded Homicide Data section of this publication provides information regarding the age, sex, race, and ethnicity of both the murder victim and the offender; the type of weapon used in the murder; the relationship of the victim to the offender; and the circumstance surrounding the incident. These data also include information about justifiable homicides.

See the Expanded Homicide Data section of this report for more information.

To obtain the full data for the 2015 UCR, click here.