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  2011 Uniform Crime Report Updates  

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November 21, 2011 Update
The I-UCR Program training originally scheduled for November 29, 2011, at ISP District 11 Headquarters in Collinsville, has been rescheduled for Wednesday, December 7, 2011. Registrations for the class are still being accepted. This is the LAST training scheduled for the revised I-UCR Program reporting guidelines that went in to effect January 2010. If your agency is not in compliance to the revised guidelines, your crime statistics will not be accepted nor forwarded to the Federal UCR Program.
 
November 3, 2011 Update
The URL or link to connect users to the electronic reporting tool has been modified to: https://iclear.isp.state.il.us
 
Users were not notified of this modification as the intent was to automatically redirect the user to the new URL when the previous URL (https://bis.state.il.us) was used. Some users are reporting this redirection is not occurring properly and that they are unable to access the sign on screen. If this occurs, please type the new URL into your browser and save as a favorite for future use. If you are still experiencing difficulties after using the new URL, contact the ISP Integrated Help Desk at 217/782-4155 or toll free at 866/532-3700.
 
October 12, 2011 Update
Due to technical issues, the modifications to the website for the electronic reporting tool will now take place on October 19, 2011.
 
September 27, 2011 Update
The modifications to the website for the electronic reporting tool announced in the previous update will not occur until October 12, 2011.
 
September 26, 2011 Update
The website for the electronic reporting tool is undergoing modifications that will be effective September 28, 2011. The link to access the tool will not change. The first screen will remain the sign-on screen. After entering your user id and password, you will be taken directly to the Illinois Uniform Crime Reporting Program Welcome Page. It will no longer be necessary to select the Illinois Uniform Crime Reporting Program link from the I-CLEAR screen which previously appeared after sign-on. Agencies will not be able to access the link to the Federal UCR Initiative which concluded December 31, 2010. The remaining modifications will not be apparent to the user.
 
An additional training date and location has been added to the schedule posted in the August 29, 2011 update. Lombard Police Department will be hosting training on November 9, 2011.
September through November 2011 Training Schedule
 
August 29, 2011 Update
The state-wide training initiative addressing the revisions to the I-UCR Program reporting guidelines will conclude In November. The September through November schedule can be found in the attachment below. Agencies are strongly encouraged to take advantage of this training opportunity, and repeat attendance is not discouraged. 2010 Index crime data previously submitted cannot be accepted unless the revised forms and guidelines were used. As a reminder, 2010 index crime data must be submitted by December 14, 2011, in order to meet the Federal UCR Program’s deadline date. Data received after that date will not be published in Crime in Illinois, nor will the data be forwarded to the Federal UCR Program.
September through November 2011 Training Schedule
 
August 11, 2011 Update
There are several important deadline dates regarding the submission of 2010 and 2011 Index Crime statistics.

  • Index crime statistics for January through June 2011 must be submitted by August 25, 2011, for agencies whose populations are 100,000 or more, to be included in the Federal UCR Program’s semi-annual publication, Crime in the United States.
  • Index crimes statistics for January through June 2011 must be submitted by all other agencies by September 16, 2011, to be included in the Federal UCR Program’s semi-annual publication, Crime in the United States. Statistics are in a table for all other agencies but are not listed individually for each agency.
  • The deadline for submission of index crime statistics for 2010 has been extended to December 14, 2011, to match the Federal UCR Program’s deadline. Additionally, Hate Crime reports and Supplemental Data for 2010 will not be accepted after this deadline.

An e-mail address has been created for the I-UCR Program. Questions concerning the program can be directed to: IUCR_ Program@isp.state.il.us
 
June 16, 2011 Update
There are still approximately 300 agencies who submitted 2010 monthly index crime statistics on discontinued forms without application of the revised guidelines. These statistics cannot be accepted. The schedule for state-wide training on the revised program to assist agencies in reporting correctly will be posted in July for the months of August through October 2011. There will be a training class at the Illinois State Police Academy in Springfield on July 20, 2011. The registration form for training can be found at the bottom of this page under Illinois Uniform Crime Reporting Program Forms and Guidelines. Agencies are strongly encouraged to attend a training session, which is being offered at no cost to participants. The upcoming training covers the same curriculum presented over the past eighteen months; however, many previous attendees have repeated the training and are not excluded from registering for a second class. Due to the continued difficulties encountered in the transition to the revised I-UCR Program, 2010 index data will be accepted through October 31, 2011. This will be the final extension, and verification reports for 2010 will be disseminated to agencies in November.
 
May 6, 2011 Update
Crime in Illinois 2009 and the Executive Summary are now available for review. The publications can be accessed by clicking on the Crime in Illinois 2009 cover to the right.

Crime in Illinois 2009 Overview
The Illinois statewide crime rate index fell 7.5% in 2009. Index offenses compiled by the Illinois Uniform Crime Reporting (I-UCR) Program are comprised of offenses considered to be the most prevalent and apt to be reported to law enforcement agencies. The eight index offense categories include both crimes against persons (murder, criminal sexual assault, robbery, and aggravated battery and aggravated assault) and crimes against property (burglary, theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson).

Decreases were reported in each of the eight index offense categories; however, it is important to note reporting was incomplete. For the first time since 1994, 705 of the expected 12,840 monthly index offense reports were not submitted by Illinois law enforcement agencies. It is not possible to identify to what extent the delinquent reports may have influenced the decreases.

During 2009, law enforcement agencies throughout the state reported a total of 425,720 index offenses compared to 458,558 in 2008, a difference of 32,838 fewer crimes being committed.

The crime rate index was down in the following categories:

  • Motor Vehicle Theft realized the largest decrease at 18.2%
  • Theft decreased by 8.2%
  • Aggravated Battery/Aggravated Assault and Criminal Sexual Assault decreased by over 6%
  • Robbery decreased by 5.3%
  • Murder and Arson decreased by over 3%
  • Burglary decreased by 2.2%

The following is a breakdown of crime rates encompassing all crimes for areas throughout the state:

  • Chicago -8.9%
  • State minus Chicago -6.7%
  • Cook County (includes Chicago) -8.4%
  • Suburban Cook County (minus Chicago) -7.6%
  • Collar Counties to Cook County -4.9%
  • Urban Counties (population 50,000 or more) -7.2%
  • Rural Counties (population under 50,000) -6.7%

April 18, 2011 Update
The format of the I-UCR Program web site has been modified. Current updates will be displayed in six month increments, after which they will be archived and moved to the new section labeled Previous Illinois Uniform Crime Reporting Program Updates. Additionally, documents within an update that contain significant resource materials will be moved to the new section labeled Illinois Uniform Crime Reporting Program Resources after the update has been moved to the archives. Examples of the types of documents to be found in the resource section include the trouble shooting guidelines for the electronic reporting tool and the impact statement for the revised I-UCR Program guidelines that went into effect on January 1, 2010. Both of these two new sections are located near the end of the web page along with the I-UCR Program Reporting Program Forms and Guidelines.
 
March 17, 2011 Update
The deadline to submit 2010 Index Crime statistics for forwarding to the Federal UCR Program to be included in the federal publication, Crime in the United States 2010, is April 1, 2011. Agencies who would like their statistics published must have a full year of reporting submitted to the I-UCR Program by March 31, 2011 to allow time for compilation and forwarding to the Federal UCR Program. Statistics submitted after the deadline date will be forwarded and entered into the Federal Program’s master files for JAG grant purposes.
 
March 11, 2011 Update
The state-wide training initiative addressing the revisions to the I-UCR Program reporting guidelines continues. The April and May schedule can be found in the attachment below along with the required registration form. Due to funding constraints, this may be the last of the training sessions, and agencies are encouraged to take advantage of this training opportunity. 2010 Index crime data previously submitted cannot be accepted unless the revised forms and guidelines were used.
April and May 2011 Training Schedule
Illinois Uniform Crime Reporting Program Training Registration Form
 
February 22, 2011 Update
The Illinois Uniform Crime Reporting (I-UCR) Program was directed in March 2009 to revise the program reporting guidelines to achieve compliance to the Federal Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program. The resulting revisions were implemented in January 2010 and impacted the classification and scoring procedures Illinois law enforcement agencies use in compiling the eight major offense categories known as Index Crimes and Arrests, and Drug Arrests. Both increases and decreases in certain categories will be realized due to these changes, not necessarily due to an actual increase or decrease in offenses and arrests having occurred throughout the year. Due to the anticipated significance of the impact, Crime in Illinois 2010 will not provide a two-year comparison of 2009 and 2010 statistics; however, the 2011 publication will reinstate the two-year comparison format. The attached document identifies the impact of the revised reporting guidelines and is being provided to address the potential for increases and decreases when presenting 2010 statistics to the media, city council, or county board.
2010 UCR Program Impact
 
February 18, 2011 Update
There are still a significant number of agencies who submitted 2010 monthly index crime statistics on discontinued forms without application of the revised guidelines. These statistics cannot be accepted, and affected agencies are being contacted and advised to re-submit index crime statistics using the appropriate forms, guidelines, and submission method. Due to the difficulty of the transition to the revised I-UCR Program, 2010 index data will be accepted through July 1, 2011. Statewide training on the revised program will continue, with an updated training scheduled posted the first week of March.
 
The online electronic reporting tool has been experiencing intermittent access issues for users who have been entering index crime statistics successfully. A troubleshooting guide is posted below to assist with access issues. Plans continue to modify the reporting tool in 2011 that would allow agencies who do not have LEADS 2000 to access the tool via the internet. The timetable for the completion of this enhancement is unknown; however, agencies who are submitting paper index crime forms are requested to retain these forms in 2011 and NOT forward them to the I-UCR Program. The 2011 monthly index crime statistics can be easily and quickly entered into the on-line electronic reporting tool following the modification, which will be announced on the I-UCR website.
I-UCR Online Access Troubleshooting Guide
 

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