2021 Crime Data
Since 2020, the CHPD switched from the UCR reporting system to the OIBRS reporting system for crime statistics. Under the Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) system, we were only required to report data using the eight index crimes of Murder, Rape, Robbery, Aggravated Assault, Burglary Larceny/Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft and Arson. However under the Ohio Incident-Based Reporting System (OIBRS), we are able to classify crimes in a more precise manner and submit crime statistics directly to the state and federal government in an automated format.
The crime data reported for a specific period of time is based on the information in the OIBRS database at the time the report is created. Results for the same report may change over time based on any updated/new information reported to our department in future OIBRS crime data submissions.
It is also worth noting that there could be differences in the crime totals provided through OIBRS compared to the totals provided by the UCR program. This is due to the fact that incident validations involve meeting data reporting standards for the offense(s) submitted. For example, if a completed theft offense is reported, stolen property must also be submitted. The UCR/Summary standard applies to the hierarchy rule in which only the most serious offense in an incident is counted. The OIBRS program however, counts up to the 10 most serious offenses in an incident. Therefore, if an incident involves multiple reportable crimes, we are not counting up to 10 different individual crimes rather than just the one most serious crime as we had done in the past. So it should be understood that this does not necessarily indicate a rise in certain crime categories, but rather just a more detailed assessment of the crimes reported.
The reporting of crime statistics using OIBRS will help the Police Department with planning and resource allocation needs for various public and private members of the community. Crime statistics help enable law enforcement to utilize resources in an efficient and effective manner. While OIBRS crime reporting by Ohio law enforcement agencies is voluntary, an eligibility requirement for Ohio law enforcement agencies to receive grant funding through OCJS is that they must report their crime statistics either through OIBRS to OCJS or through UCR/Summary directly to the FBI.