The Shortcomings Of The Uniform Crime Reports
According to Inciadri, even though the Federal Bureau of Investigation attempted to set clear definitions of the crimes they collected data on many agencies did not use these definitions to compile their data which leads to inaccurate reporting (1978). Since not all agencies were required to report information to the Bureau information would have to be estimated, or be incomplete (Inciadri 1978). Lastly, in some cases Inciadri found that the information reported for the Uniform Crime Reports were not consistent with what that agency had in their own files and reporting system (1978). These were just a few reasons that Uniform Crime Reports needed to be reviewed and updated to ensure the most accurate data was …show more content…
Department of Justice, 2000). The study determined that many of the short comings of the current system needed to be addressed due to the changes in crime and technology (U.S. Department of Justice, 2000). From the results of that study a new crime data reporting system was created called the National Incident-Based Reporting System. According to the U.S. Department of Justice,
In order to ensure that it fulfills its purpose, NIBRS has adopted the following goals:
1. To enhance the quantity, quality, and timeliness of crime statistical data collected by the law enforcement community.
2. To improve the methodology used for compiling, analyzing, auditing, and publishing the collected crime data (U.S. Department of Justice, 2000,