Learn More: Crime Statistics

What does this mean?

The crime statistics presented on the Community Atlas are from the Uniform Crime Report (UCR) compiled by multiple law enforcement agencies operating in Hillsborough County. The UCR is a standardized law enforcement reporting system used throughout the United States to track crime. The information presented on the Community Atlas is from Part 1 of the UCR, which includes reports of the following offenses:

  • Murder and Nonnegligent Manslaughter: The willful (nonnegligent) killing of one human being by another.
  • Forcible Rape: The carnal knowledge of a female forcibly and against her will.
  • Robbery: The taking or attempting to take anything of value from the care, custody, or control of a person or persons by force or threat of force or violence and/or by putting the victim in fear.
  • Aggravated Assault: An unlawful attack by one person upon another for the purpose of inflicting severe or aggravated bodily injury. This type of assault usually is accompanied by the use of a weapon or by means likely to produce death or great bodily harm.
  • Burglary: The unlawful entry of a structure to commit a felony or a theft.
  • Larceny-Theft: The unlawful taking, carrying, leading, or riding away of property from the possession or constructive possession of another.
  • Motor Vehicle Theft: The theft or attempted theft of a motor vehicle.
  • Arson: Any willful or malicious burning or attempt to burn, with or without intent to defraud, a dwelling house, public building, motor vehicle or aircraft, personal property of another, etc.

Definitions from Uniform Crime Report Handbook 2004

When reviewing crime statistics from the UCR, Part 1 remember that it refers to offenses (or events) not arrests (or persons).

Why is it important?

Crime data can be an important tool for communities to better understand patterns and trends. Looking at the data, a community can see whether reported crimes are increasing or decreasing. They can also see how they compare to other communities around the county. Crime is often considered a quality of life issue for communities.

Before interpreting the crime data presented, please read the "Caveats and Limitations." Crime data can easily be misunderstood and misused. View this data as a tool to better understand crime conditions, not as an exact reflection of what is going on in a community.

How are the data collected (methods)?

The data in the UCR are collected by each individual law enforcement agency and reported to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The Part 1 report includes reported offenses (or events) for specific types of crimes. The data were received from the following agencies:

Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office: Offenses reported by the county crime grid.

Tampa Police Department: Offenses reported by the city crime grid.

Florida Department of Law Enforcement: Offenses reported by the municipalities and/or areas covered by responsible law enforcement agencies within Hillsborough County are Tampa International Airport PD, University of South Florida PD Tampa, Plant City PD and Temple Terrace PD

Caveats and Limitations

  • Arson is not reported on the information we present on the Uniform Crime Reports because it is not consistently available.
  • The data presented are for reported crimes only. The total number of actual crimes taking place might be higher than reported.
  • The information presented is only for Part 1 crimes. This is not a full representation of reported crimes.
  • The Uniform Crime Report has a hierarchy rule, which states: "In a multiple-offense situation (i.e., one where several offenses are committed at the same time and place), after classifying all Part I offenses, score only the highest ranking offense, and ignore all others, regardless of the number of offenders and victims. (UCR Handbook, Pg. 33)" What this means is that although a person might commit multiple crimes during the same event, only the most severe crime is reported. Therefore, the total number of actual crimes taking place might be higher than reported in the UCR.
  • The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office follows the hierarchy rule when reporting their statistics to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and in the data provided to the Community Atlas. However, on the website maintained by the Sheriff's Office, they do not use the hierarchy rule and present all reported crimes. Therefore, the data on the Community Atlas (and reported on the FDLE website) are not directly comparable with the data provided on the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office website.
  • The data has been reapportioned from the original boundaries (crime grids) provided to us in order to develop estimates for neighborhoods and communities. This has been done because not all data is reported for the same boundaries as the neighborhoods and communities on the Community Atlas. When using these data, view them as estimates for these neighborhoods and communities.

Frequently Asked Questions

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