BJS Releases The Nation’s Two Crime Measures, 2011–2020
WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics today released The Nation’s Two Crime Measures, 2011–2020. This report presents statistics from BJS’s National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) and FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program Summary Reporting System (UCR SRS), both of which measure the magnitude, nature and impact of crime in the nation. The NCVS was established in 1973 to complement the UCR SRS and measure crimes not reported to police. The NCVS and UCR SRS have different purposes, use different methods and focus on different aspects of crime.
The NCVS is a self-reported survey and the primary source of information on the characteristics of nonfatal criminal victimizations and on the number and types of crimes not reported to law enforcement. The UCR SRS provides a measure of the number of crimes recorded by law enforcement agencies throughout the country. The information they produce together provides a comprehensive understanding of crime in the United States. This report presents NCVS and UCR SRS statistical estimates as defined by each program.
TITLE: The Nation’s Two Crime Measures, 2011–2020 (NCJ 303385)
AUTHOR: BJS Statisticians Rachel E. Morgan, Ph.D., and Alexandra Thompson
The Bureau of Justice Statistics of the U.S. Department of Justice is the principal federal agency responsible for collecting, analyzing and disseminating reliable statistics on crime and criminal justice in the United States. Doris J. James is the acting director.
The Office of Justice Programs provides federal leadership, grants, training, technical assistance and other resources to improve the nation’s capacity to prevent and reduce crime, advance racial equity in the administration of justice, assist victims and enhance the rule of law. More information about OJP and its components can be found at www.ojp.gov.
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