July 19, 2010
A brief history of the Uniform Crime Report
UCR - The Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program is a nationwide cooperative effort of over 16,000 cities, county and state law enforcement agencies voluntarily reporting data on crime brought to their attention. The monthly contributions of Maine's 150 law enforcement agencies represent the initial step in establishing an efficient statewide criminal justice information system (CJIS). Ideally, the UCR data will eventually merge with that of the other major components of the criminal justice system (i.e., prosecutors, courts, corrections) to form an integrated system for the exchange of vital management information. The availability of such data will allow for the provision of complete and timely criminal histories of offenders and their progress through the criminal justice system. Over the years the UCR data has become one of Maine's and America's leading social indicators. Maine's citizens look to UCR as the primary information source on the nature and extent of crime, while criminologists, sociologists, legislators, state and local planners, the media and academicians use the statistics for wide and varied research and planning purposes.
Domestic Violence, or “Crimes of violence” as many states refer to it involve the element of personal confrontation between the perpetrator and victim and entail the use or threat of violence. During the year 2008, Domestic Violence showed a decrease from the previous year. There were 1,549 reported offences reported during 2008, compared with the 1,556 for 2007. This decrease of 7 crimes reported represents a decrease of 0.4%.
The 2008 crime rate for domestic violence is 1.18 offenses per 1,000 populations. Domestic violence represents 4.6% of all reported index crimes. Police cleared 870 domestic violence crimes for a 56.2 clearance rate.