Uniform Crime Reports

Examining crime statistics can be tricky. There is a clear trade-off between local crime numbers and those compiled by the FBI. The local numbers will give a closer to real time glimpse of the crime picture, while the UCR offers a long term look at longitudinal crime trends.

It is also important to understand that the Uniform Crime Report (UCR) indexes in some of the following tables only include a narrow range of crimes.  

For example, the violent crime index only involves offenses of murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault. The property crime index includes the offenses of burglary, larceny, motor vehicle theft. 

These indexes have been set up by the FBI to allow side by side comparisons of different jurisdictions.


This chart shows the rate of reported crime in Iredell County per 100,000 residents for a ten year time period. The index rate is the combination of the “Violent Rate” and the “Property Rate”. These numbers represent the eight most commonly tracked offenses to law enforcement across the United States. The Violent rate includes offense of murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault. The Property rate includes offenses of burglary, larceny, motor vehicle theft. These rates have been tracked by the FBI in the Uniform Crime Reports since the 1930’s and allow for year to year comparisons. This chart shows the ten year crime rates have been steadily falling AND the year to year rates have fallen from that of 2014.

This chart has a direct impact on the quality of life for our residents. In the last ten years, more than 1,000 fewer residents are being victimized each year (2,500.9 - 1,450.7= 1050.2 fewer incidents/ 100,000 residents in 2015 than 2006).

The Uniform Crime Report is compiled by the Federal Bureau of Investigation from information submitted by law enforcement agencies across the country. This information is used to analyze crime trends and patterns. 
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