Uniform Crime Reporting
Crime Records Division

National Incident Based Reporting System

Background Information
NIBRS (National Incident Based Reporting System) was designed in cooperation with the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the National Sheriffs Association to replace the existing Uniform Crime Reporting summary system. This new system has many changes in contrast to the current UCR system.

Major Differences

The Uniform Crime Reporting Program (UCR) provides a nationwide view of crime based on the submission on crime information by law enforcement agencies throughout the country. This data is used in law enforcement administration, operation, and management, as well as to indicate the level and nature of crime in the United States.

The Texas Incident Based Reporting System (TIBRS) is modeled after the FBI's National Incident Based Reporting System (NIBRS). Unlike the summary-based UCR Program, IBR collects data on each single crime occurrence. NIBRS/TIBRS collects data on each single incident and arrest within 23 offense categories made up of 49 Group A offenses. The offenses that fall into this category are:

  1. Arson
  2. Assault
  3. Bribery
  4. Burglary/Breaking and Entering
  5. Counterfeiting/Forgery
  6. Destruction/Damage/Vandalism of Property
  7. Drug/Narcotic Offenses
  8. Embezzlement
  9. Extortion/Blackmail
  10. Fraud
  11. Gambling
  12. Homicide
  13. Human Trafficking
  14. Kidnapping/Abduction
  15. Larceny/Theft
  16. Motor Vehicle Theft
  17. Pornography/Obscene Material
  18. Prostitution
  19. Robbery
  20. Sex Offenses
  21. Sex Offenses, Nonforcible
  22. Stolen Property
  23. Weapon Law Violations

In addition, there are 11 Group B offense categories for which only arrest data are reported. Most Group B offenses only come to law enforcement attention when arrests are made.

  1. Bad Checks
  2. Curfew/Loitering/Vagrancy Violations
  3. Disorderly Conduct
  4. Driving Under the Influence
  5. Drunkenness
  6. Family Offenses, Nonviolent
  7. Liquor Law Violations
  8. Peeping Tom
  9. Runaway
  10. Trespass of Real Property
  11. All Other Offenses

There are currently 60 Law enforcement agencies reporting IBR information.

Texas Incident Based Reporting System

TIBRS (Texas Incident Based Reporting System) is a part of the NIBRS submission. Texas requires that additional data on family violence and drug seizure offenses be collected.