Standardizing the Display of IBR Data: Location Variables

Tables Presented by the FBI

In the FBI's preliminary tables using NIBRS, data were used to illustrate NIBRS content and capabilities by providing simple, easy-to-understand tables and charts.  One table uses location to demonstrate the occurrence of crimes against persons, crimes against property, and crimes against society.

Percent Distribution of Offense, by Type of Crime, 1998

Location Total Crimes Against Persons Crimes Against Property Crimes Against Society
Commercial Properties:        
     Retail Establishments 11.9% 3.0% 15.9% 3.1%
     Food/Beverage/Lodging/Facilities 4.0% 4.7% 3.7% 3.8%
     Other Commercial/Office Building 5.2% 2.4% 6.6% 1.2%
Drug Store/Doctor's Office/Hospital 0.7% 0.6% 0.8% 0.7%
Government/Public Building 1.1% 1.1% 0.9% 2.0%
Highway/Roads/Alleys 13.7% 12.5% 9.6% 50.1%
Parking Lots/Garages 9.4% 3.9% 11.7% 6.0%
Residences 41.9% 60.5% 37.9% 22.2%
Schools/Colleges 3.1% 3.3% 2.9% 3.5%
Other/Unknown 9.3% 7.9% 10.0% 7.3%
Total 100% 100% 100% 100%

To create this table, the most often reported locations were chosen, and some locations were grouped into categories (retail, food/beverage/lodging).  As you can see, the greatest percentage of the offenses, 42%, occurred in/on residential properties.   Offenses perpetrated on highways/roads/alleys/streets accounted for 14%, and 3% occurred at schools/colleges.  The remaining incidents were widely distributed among various locations.  Crimes against persons and crimes against property were most frequently committed in residences, and crimes against society on the streets and highways.

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