The proportion of reported or discovered crimes within a given offense category that are solved.
A population group unified by a specific common characteristic, such as age, and subsequently treated as a statistical unit.
A statistical relation between two or more variables such that systematic changes in the value of one variable are accompanied by systematic changes in the other.
The act of causing the death of another person without legal justification or excuse.
Dark Figure of Crime
A metaphor that emphasizes the dangerous dimension of crime that is never reported to the police.
The observable decrease in crime rates that is invariably associated with age.
When death of any person results from an action occurring during the commission of a felony crime.
A criminal act against a person or a person's property by an offender motivated by racial or other bias.
The unlawful taking, carrying, leading, or riding away of property from the possession, or constructive possession, of another.
Latent Crime Rate
A rate of crime calculated on the basis of crimes that would likely be committed by those who are in prison or jail or who otherwise incapacitated by the justice system.
Motor Vehicle Theft
The theft or attempted theft of a motor vehicle (boats, airplanes, and farming equipment are excluded).
National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS)
A survey conducted annually by the Bureau of Justice Statistics that provides data on surveyed households that report they were affected by crime.
National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS)
A new and enhanced statistical reporting system that will collect data on each single incident and arrest within 22 crime categories.
National Youth Survey (NYS)
A longitudinal panel study of a national sample of 1,725 individuals that measured self-reports of delinquency and other types of behavior.
Part I Offenses
Crimes reported annually by the FBI in its Uniform Crime Report. Part I offenses include murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny, and motor vehicle theft.
Part II Offenses
All crimes recorded by the FBI that do not fall into the category of Part I offenses. Include both misdemeanors and felonies.
A homicide with malice but not premeditation or deliberation, as when a desire to inflict serious bodily harm and a wanton disregard for life result in the victim's death.
A research approach that questions large groups of subjects, typically high school students, about their own participation in delinquent or criminal acts.
Assault where no weapon is used and which does not result in serious injury to the victim.
A criminological perspective with roots in the early 1800s that seeks to uncover correlations between crime rates and other types of demographic data.