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DEFINITION OF CRIMES

(From Crime in the United States, 2002: FBI Uniform Crime Reports)
  • MURDER: The willful (non negligent) killing of one human being by another.
  • FORCIBLE RAPE: (SEXUAL ASSAULT) The carnal knowledge of a female forcibly and against her will. Assaults or attempts to commit rape by force or threat of force are also included; however, statutory rape (without force) and other sex offenses are excluded.
  • ROBBERY: The taking or attempt 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.
  • ASSAULT: (AGGRAVATED ASSAULT) The unlawful attack by one person upon another for the purpose of inflicting severe or aggravated bodily injury. (This type of assault is usually accompanied by the use of a weapon or by means likely to produce death or great bodily harm.)
  • BURGLARY: The unlawful entry of a structure to commit a felony or theft. (The use of force is not required to classify an offense as burglary.)
  • LARCENY: (THEFT) The unlawful taking, carrying, leading, or riding away of property from the possession on constructive possession of another. It includes such crimes as shoplifting, pocket-picking, purse-snatching, thefts from motor vehicles, thefts of motor vehicle parts or accessories, bicycle thefts, etc., in which no use of force, violence, or fraud occurs. (This crime category does NOT include embezzlement, confidence games, forgery, and worthless checks. Motor vehicle theft is a separate UCR category.)
  • MOTOR VEHICLE THEFT: The theft or attempted theft of a motor vehicle, include the stealing of automobiles, trucks, busses, motorcycles, motor scooters, snowmobiles, etc.
  • ARSON:The 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.
  • CRIMES AGAINST PERSONS: Total of all crimes of homicide, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault.
  • CRIMES AGAINST PROPERTY: Total of all crimes of burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft (and arson, when included).