Abandons long-established FBI Uniform Crime Reporting standards
Is Las Vegas Metro doctoring its public reports to downplay a significant amount of violent crime?
Since 2011, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has been reporting robberies as “crimes against property,” rather than crimes against persons.
That departs significantly from the standards used by the FBI and virtually all other U.S. police agencies since the 1930s, when crime-reporting procedures for law-enforcement agencies became standardized under the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (“UCR”) Program.
Until 2011, Metro’s crime reporting also conformed to UCR standards — under which, “violent crime is composed of four offenses: murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault.” (Emphasis added.)
The remaining types of Category 1 offenses — burglary, larceny, and auto theft — constitute crimes against property.