Crime Statistics

About the UCR Crime Index


The UCR Crime Index is a collection of selected offenses used by the FBI to measure changes in crime reported to police. These offenses include murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny, arson, and auto theft. According to the FBI, Arson statistics are included in trend, clearance, and arrest tables throughout Crime in the United States, but they are not included in any estimated volume data. According to the UCR reporting systems, the “Hierarchy Rule” governs multiple offense reporting. If more than one crime was committed by the same person or group of persons and the time and space intervals separating the crimes were insignificant, then the crime highest in the hierarchy is the only offense reported. For more information, please visit the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) website.

The Fitchburg Police Department voluntarily submits NIBRS data to the Massachusetts Crime Report Unit, who then in turns submits UCR summary data to the FBI. UCR Crime Index data included in this report has been retrieved from the Massachusetts Crime Reporting Unit on April 6th, 2016. All statistics are calculated using the best data available at the time. Please note, final numbers may be subject to change. Official FBI statistics typically published in the fall.

*Note: Inc = percentages are not calculated for numbers so small so as to prevent a statistically misleading percentage

UCR Part I Offenses

2014

2015

2016

5 Yr. Average

Weighted Average

% change from 2015

%change from average

% change from weighted average

Murder

0

1

1

1.2

1

0%

-17%

0%

Rape

31

26

27

30.2

30

4%

-11%

-10%

Robbery

65

66

62

51.2

55

-6%

21%

13%

Aggravated Assault

234

247

222

242.4

242

-10%

-8%

-8%

Burglary

301

315

190

332.6

312

-40%

-43%

-39%

Larceny

786

679

613

787.6

794

-10%

-22%

-23%

Motor Vehicle Theft

77

63

44

63.2

67

-30%

-30%

-34%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Violent Crime

330

340

312

318.2

324

-8%

-2%

-4%

Total Property Crime

1164

1057

847

1183.4

1133

-20%

-28%

-25%

Total Part I Offenses

1494

1397

1159

1501.6

1456

-17%

-23%

-20%