FBI releases 2020 criminal incident-based data report

The NIBRS 2020 details crime data across nearly 9 million offenses


By Police1 Staff 

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — On Monday, the FBI released detailed data on nearly 8.9 million criminal offenses in 2020, according to a press release from the Bureau. The data is collected via the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS), a database that includes agency-reported information on victims, offenders, arrestees and the property involved in crimes. 

The NIBRS 2020 report represents data in 23 offense categories comprised of 52 different types of offenses. 

Here are a few of the report’s key findings: 

  • A total of 9,880 law enforcement agencies submitted NIBRS data. 

  • Nearly 9 million offenses were documented across 7.5 million reported incidents. 

  • 60.5% of crimes were against property; 25.2% were crimes against persons; and 14.3% were crimes against society. Within those categories, the most common offenses were larceny/theft, assault and narcotic offenses. 

  • About half (50.6%) of victims were female. 

  • 50.1% of victims knew their offenders but did not have a familial relationship. 

  • About 60% of victims, 50% of offenders and 68% of arrestees were white. 

  • Of the arrestees, just under 32% were between 26 and 35 years of age. 

For more information and complete data from the NIBRS 2020, see here

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