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6.  Jay County Archival Indicators of Risk

6.12 Crime Indices

One of the best sources of data available for Indiana at this time is the Crime Risk database published by AGS, who use the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report.  Because the level and methods of reporting information to the FBI vary by jurisdiction, information about specific crimes should be viewed as a general indicator rather than for exact precision or exact comparisons.

The AGS Crime Risk Index describes the risk of various types of crime in a given geographic area (e.g., city or state) by comparing the rate of crime in that location to the rate of crime in the nation as a whole. The crime rate for the U.S. is set to 100 for all crimes.  Hence a rate of 200 means that the risk of crime in that place is twice as high as for the nation as a whole.  (Think of these numbers not as counts of criminal incidents, but as degrees of risk.  Hence, an index of 200 means that while the risk of this crime is x per 1000 persons for the nation as a whole, it is 2x per 1000 for the community in question).   The following table shows the Crime Indices for Total Crime, Property Crime and  Personal Crime.  This table shows indices for Jay County, compared to Indiana and the nation.

Community Risk Factor:  Community Laws/Norms

Table 6.12a:  Total Crime, Property Crime, and Personal Crime Indices, 2002.  (AGS Crime Risk 2002, 2003)

100

90

24

Property Crime Index

100

92

35

Personal Crime Index

100

91

29

Total Crime Index

U.S.

Indiana

Jay Co.

Crime Indices, 2002

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