UCR Part I Reported Crimes

The Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program was established in 1930 and is used by over 17,000 law enforcement agencies nationwide. Uniform Crime Reporting is a collective effort on the part of city, county, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement agencies to present a nationwide view of crime. For practical purposes, the reporting of offenses known is limited to specific crime classifications that are the most serious and most commonly reported crimes occurring in all areas of the United States. Together they serve as a gauge of the level and scope of crimes occurring across the country.

UCR statistics are not a complete tally of crime. UCR supplies a 150-page manual of guidelines and rules for classifying and scoring crime activity. Crimes committed with other crimes in the same incident create a multiple-offense situation. When this occurs, the Hierarchy Rule requires that only the crime highest on the UCR Hierarchy list be counted and not the other offense(s).  The Hierarchy Rule applies only to UCR crime reporting and does not affect the number of charges for which the defendant may be prosecuted in the courts.

The FBI’s UCR publication, Crime in the United States, is publicly accessible at http://www.fbi.gov/ucr/ucr.htm.






*1994 Three strikes law enacted in California