FBI Releases Preliminary Semiannual Crime Statistics for 2012

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FBI Badge and GunStatistics released today in the FBI’s Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report indicate that the number of violent crimes reported in the first six months of 2012 increased 1.9 percent when compared with figures from the first six months of 2011. The number of property crimes increased 1.5 percent for the same time frame. The report is based on information from more than 13,300 law enforcement agencies that submitted three to six comparable months of data to the FBI in the first six months of 2011 and 2012.

Violent Crime

Property Crime


In the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program, arson offenses are collected separately from other property crimes. The number of arson offenses increased 3.2 percent in the first six months of 2012 when compared with figures from the first six months of 2011. Three of the four regions reported increases in the number of arsons—11.0 percent in the Midwest; 6.4 percent in the West; and 5.7 percent in the Northeast. There was a 5.6 decrease in arson offenses in the South.

Arson offenses increased 19.1 percent in cities with populations of 25,000 to 49,999, the largest increase within the city groupings. Arson offenses decreased 6.0 percent in metropolitan counties and 4.3 percent in non-metropolitan counties.

Caution against ranking: When the FBI publishes crime data via its UCR program, some entities use the information to compile rankings of cities and counties. Such rankings, however, do not provide insight into the numerous variables that shape crime in a given town, city, county, state, tribal area, or region. These rankings lead to simplistic and/or incomplete analyses that can create misleading perceptions that adversely affect communities and their residents. Only through careful study and analyses into the range of unique conditions affecting each local law enforcement jurisdiction can data users create valid assessments of crime. The data user is, therefore, cautioned against comparing statistical data of individual reporting units from cities, metropolitan areas, states, or colleges or universities solely on the basis of their population or student enrollment.

- Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report, January to June 2012 


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