Each year, ACJIC’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program analyzes individual crime statistics reported by 350 Alabama law enforcement agencies and prepares a publication, Crime in Alabama, containing an official statistical analysis of all crime within Alabama during the previous year. In addition to the overall four percent decrease in crime, the report indicated a five percent decrease in the number of property crimes and a three percent decrease in the number of violent crimes.
ACJIC also released detailed supplemental reports excerpted from the Crime in Alabama 2013 report, including 2013 Domestic Violence in Alabama, 2013 Juvenile Victims of Violent Crime in Alabama, and 2013 Drug-related Crime Statistics in Alabama.
“This is the 38th year that ACJIC has analyzed and published the annual Crime in Alabama report,” said ACJIC Director Maury Mitchell. “This publication provides a ‘snapshot’ based picture of crime in the state designed to assist policymakers and law enforcement officials make more informed decisions in response to crime.”
Alabama’s UCR program is administered by ACJIC to provide uniform crime statistics to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). ACJIC is the state agency which connects Alabama’s local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to the FBI’s National Crime Information Center and provides access to law enforcement in all 50 states and internationally via Nlets, the International Justice and Public Safety Network.
The full Crime in Alabama 2013 publication and supplemental reports may be accessed online at http://www.acjic.alabama.gov/page-cia . Comparatively, the FBI’s UCR publication, Crime in the United States, can also be accessed online at http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/ucr-publications#Crime. Please note in 2013, the FBI UCR Program initiated collection of data under a new definition for forcible rape. The term “forcible” was removed, and the definition changed to “penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.”