FBI releases NIBRS crime data for 2019

8,497 law enforcement agencies contributed data on over 7.6 million criminal offenses


By Suzie Ziegler

WASHINGTON — Last week the Federal Bureau of Investigation released data on 7.6 million criminal offenses reported in 2019, according to a release from the FBI. 

The National Incident Based Reporting System (NIBRS) shows demographic data about victims, offenders, and victim-offender relationships across 23 categories. A total of 8,497 law enforcement agencies submitted NIBRS data in 2019, reporting over 6.5 million incidents involving over 7.6 million offenses. 

Of the reported offenses, 59.6% were crimes against property, 24.6% were crimes against persons, and 15.8% were crimes against society, according to the report. The most common offenses were larceny/theft, assault and drug/narcotic offenses. 

Here are some highlights from the data: 

  • Of the victims, 23.6% were between 21 and 30 years old. 

  • A little more than half of the victims (51%) were female, 48.2% were male, and the gender of 0.8% of victims was unknown. 

  • Of these offenders, 38.4% were between 16 and 30 years of age. 

  • By gender, most offenders (61.7%) were male, 25.4% were female, and gender for 12.9% was unknown. 

  • Just over half of the victims knew their offender; about one quarter of the victims were related to their offender, and about one quarter of the victims were strangers or unknown. 

See here for the full NIBRS report.

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