Implemented to improve the overall quality of crime data collected by law enforcement, NIBRS captures details on each single crime incident—as well as on separate offenses within the same incident—including information on victims, known offenders, relationships between victims and offenders, arrestees, and property involved in crimes. Unlike data reported through previously used traditional reporting systems —an aggregate monthly tally of crimes—NIBRS goes much deeper because of its ability to provide circumstances and context for crimes like location, time of day, and whether the incident was cleared.
Because NIBRS can provide more useful statistics to promote constructive discussion, measured planning, and informed policing, the FBI has made the nationwide implementation of NIBRS a top priority.
This report was created to serve as a tool to create awareness of crime in the community. Because of data-flow and coding issues, the data is in no way intended as a representation of official crime statistics and is inappropriate for use in litigation or any other legal or court proceedings. Users interested in official crime statistics for legal purposes should submit a written Open Records Request by contacting the Records Division at 1050 W. Commerce, Brownwood, Texas, 76801.