Uniform Crime Report Updates 2011 - January through June
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
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
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:
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.
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.
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.