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UCR Crime Definitions

  • Murder and Non-Negligent Manslaughter: The willful (non-negligent) killing of one human being by another.
  • Manslaughter by Negligence: The killing of another person through gross negligence
  • Sexual Assault: “Sexual assault” means an offense that meets the definition of rape, fondling, incest, or statutory rape as used in the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting system. A sex offense is any act directed against another person, without the consent of the victim, including instances where the victim is incapable of giving consent
    • Rape: The carnal knowledge of a person, forcibly and/or against that persons will, or not forcibly or against the persons will where the victim is incapable of giving consent.
    • Fondling: The touching of private body parts of another person for the purpose of sexual gratification, forcibly and/or against that persons will, or not forcibly or against the persons will where the victim is incapable of giving consent.
    • Incest: Sexual intercourse between persons who are related to each other with the degrees wherein marriage is prohibited by law.
    • Statutory Rape: Sexual intercourse with a person who is under the age of consent.
  • Robbery: The taking or attempting to take anything of value from the care, custody, or control of a person by force or threat of force or violence and/or by putting the victim in fear.
  • Aggravated Assault: An unlawful attack by one person on another for the purpose of inflicting severe or aggravated bodily injury. This type of assault usually is accompanied by the use of a weapon or by means likely to produce death or great bodily harm.
  • Burglary: The unlawful entry of a structure (excluding a vehicle) to commit a felony or a theft.
  • Arson: Any willful or malicious burning or attempt to burn, with or without intent to defraud, a dwelling house, public building, motor vehicle or aircraft, personal property of another, etc.
  • Motor Vehicle Theft: The theft or attempted theft of a motor vehicle.
  • Stalking (new statistic as of 2014): A person commits stalking if the person intentionally or knowingly engages in a course of conduct that is directed toward another person and if that conduct would cause a reasonable person to fear for the person’s safety or safety of that person’s immediate family member and that person in fact fears for the person’s safety or the safety of that person immediate family member. This also includes the fear of death for that person or immediate family member. Acts may include, but are not limited to:
    • Following
    • Observing
    • Monitoring
    • Threatening
    • Surveillance
    • Communicating to or about a person
    • Interfering with or damaging a person’s property or pet
    • Contact via electronic communication
  • Dating Violence (new statistic as of 2014): Violence committed by a person who is or has been in an intimate or romantic relationship with the victim. This includes, but not limited to, sexual or physical abuse or the threat of such abuse.
  • Domestic Violence (new statistic as of 2014): Any person who murders, kidnaps, physically assaults in any manner, threatens, harasses, damages the victim’s property or interferes with the personal liberty of another. It includes:
    • Family Members including: spouse’s family and step-family members
    • People who are married, or were married
    • Previously dated or are currently dating, or are or were in a sexual relationship
    • Have a child in common
    • Is pregnant by the other party
    • Share or have shared a household (ex: roommates)
  • Weapons Law Violations: The violations of laws or ordinances dealing with weapons offenses, regulatory in nature, such as: manufacture, sale, or possession of deadly weapons; carrying deadly weapons, concealed or openly; furnishing deadly weapons to minors; alien possession of deadly weapons; and all attempts to commit any of the aforementioned.
  • Drug Abuse Violations: Violations of state and local laws relating to the unlawful possession, sale, use, growing, manufacturing, and making of narcotic drugs. The relevant substances include: opium or cocaine and their derivatives (morphine, heroin, codeine); marijuana; synthetic narcotics (Demerol, methadone); and dangerous non-narcotic drugs (barbiturates, Benzedrine).
  • Liquor Law Violations: The violation of laws or ordinances prohibiting the manufacture, sale, transporting, furnishing, possessing of intoxicating liquor; maintaining unlawful drinking places; bootlegging; operating a still; furnishing liquor to a minor or intemperate person; using a vehicle for illegal transportation of liquor, drinking on a train or public conveyance; and all attempts to commit any of the aforementioned (drunkenness and driving under the influence are not included in this definition).
  • Hate Crime: is a criminal offense committed against a person or property which is motivated, in whole or in part, by the offender’s bias against a race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity/national Origin or gender identity.
    • Race: A preformed negative attitude toward a group of persons who possess common physical characteristics, (e.g., color of skin, eyes, and/or hair; facial features, etc.) genetically transmitted by descent and heredity which distinguish them as a distinct division of humankind (e.g., Asians, blacks, whites).
    • Gender Bias: A performed negative opinion or attitude toward a person or group of persons based on their actual or perceived gender. e.g., male or female.
    • Gender Identity Bias: A performed negative opinion or attitude toward a person or group of persons based on their actual or perceived gender identity. e.g., bias against transgender or gender non-conforming individuals.
    • Religion: A performed negative opinion or attitude toward a group of persons who share the same religious beliefs regarding the origin and purpose of the universe and the existence or nonexistence of a supreme being (e.g., Catholics, Jews, Protestants, atheists).
    • Sexual orientation: A performed negative opinion or attitude toward a group of persons based on their sexual attraction toward, and responsiveness to, members of their own sex or members of the opposite sex (e.g., gays, lesbians, heterosexuals).
    • Ethnicity/national Origin Bias: A performed negative opinion or attitude toward a group of people whose members identify with each other, through a common heritage, often consisting of a common language, common culture (often including a shared religion) and/or ideology that stresses common ancestry. The concept of ethnicity differs from the closely related term race in that “race” refers to grouping based mostly upon biological criteria, while “ethnicity” also encompasses additional cultural factors.
    • Disability: A performed negative opinion or attitude toward a group of persons based on their physical or mental impairments/challenges, whether such disability is temporary or permanent, congenital or acquired by heredity, accident, injury, advanced age or illness.