Crime Definitions

Definition of Violent Crime: In the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program, violent crime is composed of four offenses: murder and non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. Violent crimes are defined in the UCR Program as those offenses which involve force or threat of force.

Homicide: Killing of another purposely, or otherwise, with malice aforethought.

Sex Abuse: Engaging in or causing another person to submit to a sexual act by force, threat or reasonable fear, involuntary impairment of the person's ability to appraise or control his or her conduct, rendering that other person unconscious or under conditions wherein a reasonable person would not believe that consent was freely and knowingly given. The most serious sex abuse categories are included in the reports of DC Code Index Violent Crimes: Sexual Assault and on the Crime Mapping Application. The figures reported in this category include:

Data in this format is available online from 2011.

Robbery: The taking of anything of value from another person by force, violence or fear.

Assault Dangerous Weapon (ADW)/Aggravated Assault: Knowingly or purposely causing serious bodily injury, threatening to do so, or knowingly engaging in conduct that creates a grave risk of serious bodily injury to another person.

Arson: The malicious burning, or attempt to burn, any structure, vessel, vehicle, railroad car or property of another.

Burglary: The unlawful entry of a structure, vessel, watercraft, railroad car or yard where chattels are deposited with the intent to commit any criminal offense

Motor Vehicle Theft: The theft of any self-propelled, motor driven vehicle that is primarily intended to transport persons and property on a highway.

Theft: Wrongfully obtaining or using the property of another with the intent to deprive the owner of the value thereof.

Theft F/Auto: of items from within a vehicle, excluding motor vehicle parts and accessories.

Theft/Other: A broad inclusion of Theft offenses including embezzlement, theft of services and fraud/false pretenses. The Theft/Other category excludes theft of items from a motor vehicle or the motor vehicle itself.

Robbery - Pickpocket: A Robbery committed by the sudden and stealthy seizure of a wallet or other item from the body of a person. Since no overt force is used this offense will be classified as a theft.

Robbery - Snatch: A Robbery committed by the sudden and stealthy seizure of a purse, wallet or other item from another person's possession, in his/her presence and without the use of overt force. Since no force is used this offense will be classified as a theft.