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Categorizing Offenses Known to Law Enforcement according to UCR Program Offense Definitions Classifying and Scoring Part I Offenses in UCR.

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1 Categorizing Offenses Known to Law Enforcement according to UCR Program Offense Definitions Classifying and Scoring Part I Offenses in UCR

2 Classifying Offenses  Determining the proper crime categories in which to report offenses in the UCR Program  Classifying ensures laws are consistently and uniformly recorded in UCR  All applicable NYS Laws assigned a UCR Offense Code  Resources for Classifying NYS Laws  NYS Coded Law File – Downloads for local Records Management Systems  UCR Law Section Reference Table – UCR offense classification by NYS law  UCR Cross Reference Table – NYS law by UCR offenses classification

3 Scoring Offenses  Counting the number of offenses after they have been classified  Score attempts to commit a crime as though the crime was completed  Exception to this applies to attempts to murder when the victim does not die should be scored as aggravated assaults

4 Types of Crime  Crimes Against Persons – One Offense counted for each victim (e.g. Murder, Rape, Aggravated Assault)  Crimes Against Property – One Offense counted for each distinct operation or attempt (e.g. Robbery, Burglary, Larceny-Theft, Arson)* *For Motor Vehicle Theft one offense is counted per stolen vehicle or for each attempt to steal a motor vehicle

5 The Hierarchy Rule  When a crime incident involves more than one offense, only the highest ranking offense is counted  All other offenses in the incident are ignored for crime reporting purposes  Hierarchy Rule Exceptions : Motor Vehicle Theft and Arson

6 Criminal Homicide Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter Definition: The willful (non-negligent) killing of one human being by another.  Deaths caused by injuries sustained in a fight, argument, assault or commission of a crime (except DWI) = Murder Example: PL sub 2 - Murder: Depraved Indifference Do NOT include suicides, fetal deaths, traffic fatalities, accidental deaths, assaults to murder, and attempts to murder

7 Criminal Homicide Negligent Manslaughter Definition: The killing of a person through gross negligence. Example: PL Aggravated Criminally Negligent Homicide NOT included in Index Crime counts published by NYS and the Federal UCR Program

8 Rape – Expanded Definition Definition: 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.  Incapable of giving consent due to:  Mental capacity (temporary or permanent)  Physical capacity (temporary or permanent)  Age  Includes statutory rape Physical Resistance is NOT required to demonstrate lack of consent

9 Rape (Pre 2013) vs. Rape (2013 Expanded)  Rape (Pre 2013)– All penal laws previously included under Rape (Forcible).  Rape (2013 Expanded)– Penal laws not previously included under Rape (Forcible), that are classified under the new Rape definition. See the UCR Cross Reference Table for a complete listing of laws classified under Rape (Pre 2013) and Rape (2013 Expanded)

10 Rape (Pre 2013) Definition: The carnal knowledge of a female forcibly and against her will  Incapable of giving consent due to:  Age  Mental capacity (temporary or permanent)  Physical capacity (temporary or permanent)  Does NOT include statutory rape Example: PL sub 2 - Rape 2nd: Intercourse with Person Incapable of Consent-Mentally Disable

11 Rape (Pre 2013) – Weapon Subclasses  Handgun  Other Firearm  Other Weapon  Fear (No Weapon) Does NOT apply to Rape (2013 Expanded)

12 Robbery Definition: The taking or the attempting to take anything of value from the care, custody, or control of a person or persons, by force or threat of force or violence and/or by putting the victim in fear. Larceny + Force = Robbery Example: PL sub 3 - Robbery 2nd: Motor Vehicle

13 Robbery - Weapon Subclasses  Handgun – Weapon designed to be held with one/both hands  Other Firearm – Long Guns: Rifle or Shotgun  Knife or Cutting Instrument – Knife, Broken Bottle, Razor, Ice Pick, or Other Cutting/Stabbing Instrument  Other Dangerous Weapon – Club, Explosives, Acid, Brass Knuckles, Mace, Pepper Spray, or Other Dangerous Weapon etc.,  Strong Arm – Hands, Fists, Feet, etc.

14 Robbery - Location Subclasses  Highway/Street/Alley  Gas Station  Convenience Store  Bank  Other Commercial Building  Residence  Misc.

15 Aggravated Assault Definition: An unlawful attack by one person upon another for the purpose of inflicting severe or aggravated bodily injury.  Usually accompanied by the use of a weapon or by means likely to produce death or great bodily harm.  Classify attempted murder as Aggravated Assault  Not necessary that injury result from aggravated assault Example: PL sub 1 - Menacing-2nd:Weapon

16 Aggravated Assault - Weapon Subclasses  Handgun  Other Firearm  Knife or Cutting Instrument  Other Dangerous Weapon  Strong-arm – Hands, Fists, Feet, etc.

17 Aggravated Assault - Location Subclasses  Street  Public Building  Residence  Other

18 Burglary (Breaking or Entering) Definition: The unlawful entry of a structure to commit a theft or a felony (includes intent to commit).  Forcible Entry  Unlawful Entry – No Force  Attempted Forcible Entry Example: PL : Burglary-3rd Degree: Illegal Entry w/Intent to Commit a Crime

19 Hotel Rule If a number of units under a single manager are burglarized and the offenses are most likely to be reported by the manager rather than individual tenants, the burglary must be reported as a single offense. Examples: hotel rooms, rooms in a flop house, rooms in a youth hostel, and units in a motel

20 Exception to the Hotel Rule The Hotel Rule does NOT apply to living areas where a tenant is not considered transient. Examples: apartments in an apartment building, college dorm rooms, etc.

21 Larceny-Theft (Except MV Theft) Definition: The unlawful taking, carrying, leading, or riding away of property from the possession of another. Example: PL Petit Larceny Do NOT include Motor Vehicle Theft

22 Larceny-Theft Types  Pocket Picking  Purse Snatching  Shoplifting  Thefts From Motor Vehicles  Theft of Motor Vehicle Parts and Accessories  Theft of Bicycles  Theft From Coin-Operated Device or Machine  All Other

23 Motor Vehicle Theft Definition: The theft or attempted theft of a motor vehicle.  Includes all self-propelled vehicles that run on land and not on rails (cars, trucks, all-terrain vehicles, snowmobiles, etc.)  Limited to NYS Penal Laws specific to motor vehicle theft  PL sub 8: Grand Larceny- 4th:Motor Vehicle Value Exceeds $100  Unauthorized Use (only PL sub 1, PL , PL )

24 Motor Vehicle Theft: MV Type  Automobiles: sedans, station wagons, coupes, convertibles, SUVs, minivans, taxis  Trucks and Busses: pickup trucks, cargo vans, self-propelled motor home  Other Vehicles: snowmobiles, motorcycles, motor scooters, trail bikes, mopeds, ATVs, go-carts, mini-bikes, golf carts and motorized wheel chairs

25 Arson Definition: Any willful or malicious burning or attempt to burn, with or without intent to defraud, a dwelling house, public building, motor vehicle or aircraft, personal property of another. Example: PL –Arson 4th: Recklessly Damage Building or Motor Vehicle Do NOT include fires of suspicious or unknown origin

26 Arson Property Types  Structural: single occupancy residential, other residential, storage, industrial/manufacturing, other commercial, community/public, all other structures  Mobile: motor vehicle, other mobile property (trailers, boats, airplanes.  Other: all property not classified as structural or mobile Includes crops, timber, fences, signs, and merchandise stored outside

27 Cautions in Classifying Arson  Establish the point of origin of the fire.  Classify arson under subcategory of the point of origin  Car set on fire which spreads to adjacent home would be classified under Mobile-Motor Vehicle.  When point of origin is undetermined or there are multiple points of origin, report the arson under the category of property with the greatest fire damage. The Hierarchy Rule does NOT apply to Arson

28 NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services Crime Reporting Unit UCR Reference Materials: UCR Training Resources: Contact Information/ DCJS Website Resources


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