Methods for Understanding and Analyzing NIBRS Data
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The National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) is an incident-basedcrime reporting program for local, state, and federal law enforcementagencies. Within each criminal incident, NIBRS captures information onoffenses, victims, offenders, property, and persons arrested, as well asinformation about the incident itself. The ability to link and analyze thisdetailed information is a significant improvement to the existing UniformCrime Reporting (UCR) summary reporting system. As one might expect,however, this increase in crime data significantly complicates the life ofthe data analyst, particularly when cross tabulating the NIBRS data. To dealwith the complexity of NIBRS data, one must understand its structure. Thisarticle provides an overview of the NIBRS structure and methods formaneuvering within it to present and interpret correctly cross tabulationsof the NIBRS data.
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- Methods for Understanding and Analyzing NIBRS Data
Journal of Quantitative Criminology
Volume 15, Issue 2 , pp 225-238
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- Kluwer Academic Publishers-Plenum Publishers
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- 1. Federal Bureau of Investigation, Criminal Justice Information Services Division, 9th and Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC, 20535
- 2. Federal Bureau of Investigation, Criminal Justice Information Services Division, 1000 Custer Hollow Road, Clarksburg, West Virginia, 26306