Uniform Crime Report, 2002
Preliminary data for
2002 released today by the Federal Bureau of Investigation's
Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program indicate a 0.2-percent
decrease in the Nation's Crime Index from the 2001
figure. The Crime Index is calculated using the seven
UCR Part I offenses: four violent crimes that include
murder, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault
and the three property crimes that include burglary,
larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft.
According to the preliminary
data, overall violent crime decreased 1.4 percent.
Among individual violent crimes, murder and forcible
rape both showed increases, 0.8 percent and 4.0 percent,
respectively. The number of robberies in 2002 decreased
1.2 percent from the 2001 total, and the number of
aggravated assaults declined 2.0 percent.
The overall property
crime total remained the same when compared to the
2001 total. Larceny-theft was the lone property crime
showing a decrease, 0.7 percent, when compared to
the previous year's total. Burglary increased 1.5
percent, and motor vehicle theft went up 1.2 percent.
Arson offenses, included in the Modified Crime Index,
decreased 3.7 percent.
Law enforcement agencies,
collectively, within three of the Nation's four geographic
regions reported data that showed decreases in their
Crime Index in 2002. Those in the Northeast reported
the greatest decline, 3.3 percent; followed by the
Midwest, 2.1 percent; and the South, 0.1 percent.
The agencies in the West reported data that showed
a 2.9-percent increase in that region's Crime Index.
The volume of violent
crime overall decreased in all four regions. Violent
crime was down 2.8 percent in the Northeast, 1.3 percent
in the South, 1.2 percent in the Midwest, and 0.6
percent in the West. As for property crime, the overall
total in the West rose 3.4 percent, and that in the
South increased slightly (0.1 percent). Conversely,
the volume of property crime reported by agencies
in the Northeast declined 3.4 percent, and that reported
by agencies in the Midwest decreased 2.2 percent.
By region, the number
of murders in the West rose 5.2 percent, and the number
in the South increased 2.1 percent. The Northeast
saw a 4.8-percent decline in the number of murders
and the Midwest, a 2.8-percent decrease.
A review of the preliminary
2002 data by population group showed that among the
city population groups, cities with populations of
50,000 to 99,999 experienced a 1.2-percent increase
in their Crime Index. Cities with populations of 100,000
to 249,999 showed a 0.7-percent increase. Cities with
250,000 to 499,999 inhabitants experienced a 1.9-percent
decline in their Crime Index in 2002. The Crime Index
for suburban counties rose 1.8 percent in 2002, and
in rural counties, it increased 0.4 percent. Final
crime data for 2002 will be available in the fall
with the publication of Crime in the United States,
The FBI's Internet site http://www.fbi.gov/ucr/ucr.htm
provides the complete preliminary annual UNIFORM CRIME