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Publication The Nation's Two Crime Measures

Michael G. Planty, Ph.D., Lynn Langton, Ph.D., Bureau of Justice Statistics, Cynthia Barnett-Ryan, Federal Bureau of Investigation

September 18, 2014    NCJ 246832

Summarizes the U.S. Department of Justice's two primary statistical programs that measure the magnitude, nature, and impact of crime in the nation. This report describes the strengths, limitations, differences, and complementary aspects of the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program and the Bureau of Justice Statistics' National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS). The UCR Program compiles crime data from law enforcement agencies and presents crime counts for the nation, regions, states, and cities. The NCVS interviews a nationally representative sample of U.S. households about crimes reported and not reported to police and produces national estimates of criminal victimization.

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