Indiana lags other states in accurate crime reporting

December 20, 2007

What types of crimes are on the rise in Indiana? Where are these crimes concentrated? How effective are government efforts to decrease crime?

Reliable data are essential to answer these important questions, but Indiana is one of only three states that lack a centralized state crime reporting program that has been certified by the FBI.

Information about rates and types of crime also would help state and local criminal justice organizations attract federal funds for improved policy and program development.

The Center has released a report that discusses the importance of accurate crime data reporting for understanding and fighting crime. It also compares Indiana crime reporting systems with those in other states.