Uniform Crime Definitions


Assault - An unlawful attack by one person upon another

Aggravated Assault - Aggravated assault is defined as an unlawful attack by one person upon another for the purpose of inflicting severe or aggravated bodily injury. This type of assault usually is accompanied by the use of a weapon or by means likely to produce death or great bodily harm.

Other Assaults - Simple, Not Aggravated - This category includes all assaults which do not involve the use of a firearm, knife, cutting instrument, or other dangerous weapon and in which the victim did not sustain serious or aggravated injuries.

Arson - To unlawfully and intentionally damage, or attempt to damage, any real or personal property by fire or incendiary device

Burglary - Burglary is defined as the unlawful entry into a building or other structure with the intent to commit a felony or a theft.

Rape - Penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without consent of the victim

Homicide - Murder and non-negligent manslaughter are defined as the willful (non-negligent) killing of one human being by another. Not included in this definition are deaths caused by negligence, suicides, or accidental deaths. Attempts to commit murder are classified as aggravated assaults.

Larceny - The unlawful taking, carrying, leading, or riding away of property from the possession or constructive possession of another

Motor Vehicle Theft - Motor vehicle theft is defined as the theft or attempted theft of a motor vehicle, including joy- riding.

Motor Vehicle - A motor vehicle is defined as a self-propelled vehicle that runs on land and not on rails. Examples of motor vehicles are automobiles, trucks, buses, motorcycles, snowmobiles, golf carts, etc. Theft of farm equipment, bulldozers, airplanes, boats, and construction equipment is not included.

Robbery - Robbery is defined as the taking or attempting to take anything of value under confrontational circumstances from the control, custody or care of another person by force or threat of force or violence and/or by putting the victim in fear of immediate harm.

Hate Crime - A criminal offense committed against a person or property which is motivated, in whole or in part, by the offender's bias against a race, religion, disability, ethnicity/national origin, or sexual orientation


FBI Uniform Crime Reporting Definitons
Source: FBI Summary Reporting System (SRS) User Manual

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