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Uniform Crime Reports
An annual FBI publication that summarizes the incidence and rate of reported crimes throughout the United States.
National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS)
The annual survey of selected American households conducted by the Bureau of Justice Statistics to determine the extent if criminal victimization - especially unreported victimization - in the United States.
Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
A U.S. Department of Justice agency responsible of the collection of criminal justice data, including the annual National Criminal Victimization Survey.
Summed the occurrences of seven major offenses - murder, forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft - and expressed the result as a crime rate based on population.
A UCR offense category that includes murder, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault.
A UCR offense category that includes burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson.
Refers to the proportion of reported crimes that have been "solved" through arrests or other means.
Part 1 Offenses
A set of UCR categories used to report murder, forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson, as defined under the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting Program, Also major crimes.
Intentional and wrongful physical contact with a person, without his or her consent, that entails a sexual component or purpose.
Unlawful forced sexual intercourse with a female against her will that occurs within the context of a dating relationship.
The unlawful taking or attempted taking of property that is in the immediate possession of another by force or violence and/or by putting the victim in fear.
Aggravated Assault (UCR)
The unlawful, intentional inflicting, or attempted or threatened inflicting, of serious injury upon the person of another.
The unlawful taking or attempted taking, carrying, leading, or riding away of property from the possession or constructive possession of another.
A crime in which an imposter obtains key pieces of information, such as Social Security and driver's license numbers, to obtain credit, merchandise, and services in the name of the victim.
National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS)
An incident-based reporting system that collects data on every single crime occurrence.
Dark Figure of Crime
Crime that is not reported to the police and that remains unknown to officials.
A classification of crimes along a particular dimension, such as legal categories, offender motivation, victim behavior, or the characteristics of individual offenders.
Repeated harassing and threatening behavior by one individual against another, aspects of which may be planned or carried out in secret.
The use of the Internet, e-mail, and other electronic communication technologies to stalk another person.
A criminal offense in which the motive is "hatred, bias, or prejudice, based on the actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation of another individual or group of individuals.
A violation of a criminal statute by a corporate entity or by its executives, employees, or agents acting on behalf of or for the benefit of the corporation, partnership, or other form of business entity.
The unlawful activities of the members of a highly organized, disciplined association engaged primarily in supplying illegal goods and services, including gambling, prostitution, loan sharking, narcotics, and labor racketeering.
Transnational Organized Crime
Unlawful activity undertaken and supported by organized criminal groups operating across national boundaries.
A computer program designed to secretly invade systems and either modify the way in which they operate or alter the information they store.
The unauthorized duplication of software or the illegal transfer of data from one storage to another.
Unsolicited commercial bulk e-mail (UCBE), whose primary purpose is the commercial advertisement or promotion of a commercial product or service.
A violent act or an act of dangerous to human life in violation of the criminal laws of the United States or of any state committed to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof in furtherance of political or social objectives.
The unlawful use of force or violence by a group or an individual who is based and operates entirely within the United States and its territories within foreign direction and whose acts are directed at elements of the U.S. government or population.
The unlawful use of force or violence by a group or individual who has some connection to a foreign power or whose activities transcend national boundaries against people or property in order to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof in furtherance of political or social objectives.
A form of terrorism that makes use of high technology, especially computers and the Internet, in the planning and carrying out of terrorist attacks.
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