Crime Definitions and Statistics

Aggravated assault - 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.

Arson - Any willful or malicious burning or attempt to burn, with or without intent to defraud, a dwelling house, public building, motor vehicle or aircraft, personal property of another, etc.

Burglary - The unlawful entry of a structure to commit a felony or a theft.

Criminal homicide-manslaughter by negligence - The killing of another person through gross negligence.

Criminal homicide-murder and nonnegligent manslaughter - The willful killing of one human being by another.

Drug abuse violations - Violations of state and local laws relating to the unlawful possession, sale, use, growing, manufacturing and making of narcotic drugs. The relevant substances include opium or cocaine and their derivatives; marijuana; synthetic narcotics; and dangerous non-narcotics such as barbituates and benzedrine.

Larceny-theft - The unlawful taking, carrying, leading or riding away of property from the possession or constructive possession of another. Examples include pick-pocketing and purse snatching.

Motor vehicle theft - The theft or attempted theft of a motor vehicle.

Robbery - The taking or attempting to take anything of value from the care, custody, or control of a person or persons by force or threat of force or violence and/or by putting the victim in fear.

Sexual offenses - forcible Any sexual act directed against another person, forcibly and/or against that person's will; or not forcibly or against the person's will where the victim is incapable of giving consent.

Weapons law violations - The violation of laws or ordinances dealing with weapon offenses, regulatory in nature, such as manufacture, sale or possession of deadly weapons; carrying deadly weapons, concealed or openly; furnishing deadly weapons to minors; aliens possessing deadly weapons; and all attempts to commit any of the aforementioned.

Source: Federal Bureau of Investigation Uniform Crime Reporting System.