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Product Support Announcement USA CrimeIndex Aug 2023

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  • 1.  Product Support Announcement USA CrimeIndex Aug 2023

    Posted 08-11-2023 11:53
    Edited by Product Communications 08-11-2023 11:52
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    August 11, 2023

    Changes to the immediate updates schedule of CrimeIndex


    This Support Announcement describes changes to the immediate update schedule of CrimeIndex.


    CrimeIndex uses the most robust, publicly available crime dataset in the US - the annual Uniform Crime Reporting Program (UCR) data produced by the FBI. The UCR is a nationwide, cooperative statistical effort of more than 18,000 law enforcement agencies voluntarily reporting data on crimes. The UCR administrative records are the most nationally representative crime data that are publicly available.

    Since its 2019 release, the CrimeIndex methodology evolved to include the use of crime incident data collated from over 30 law enforcement agencies. With these granular data a foundational database of crime incidents was built to gain further insight into crime patterns in urban areas.

    What's changing

    A change in how the FBI requires agencies to report crimes in 2021 (from the established Summary Reporting System to the new, more detailed National Incident Based Reporting System) has led to a significant decrease in agency participation. Only 63% of the18,000 law enforcement agencies submitted data for 2021, compared to between 80% and 90% over the past two decades.

    Although it is expected that agency participation rates will recover, poor reporting rates mean that the validity of any analysis using the latest data is negatively impacted.

    Product impact

    As a result of this transition, Precisely Data Product Management has made the decision not to provide an updated CrimeIndex product for 2023. An evaluation of the introduction of incomplete data to the product showed that this resulted in biased spatial crime scores.

    Precisely will monitor the UCR data coverage and provide further communication of changes in the CrimeIndex release timetable.

    Contact Information

    If you would like technical assistance, please contact the Precisely Global Support team at Precisely Support

    Any questions relating to this announcement can be directed to:

    Andy Peloe

    Director of Data Product Management