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Crime Offense Definitions

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Abbreviated definitions of DC Index Offenses per DC Official Code Statutes, Title 22: Criminal Offenses and Penalties (Please note these will not match the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) definitions; these are specific to District of Columbia Criminal Statutes)


Homicide:   Killing of another purposely, or otherwise, with malice aforethought.

Sex Abuse:   Engaging in or causing another person to submit to a sexual act by force, threat or reasonable fear, involuntary impairment of the person’s ability to appraise or control his or her conduct, rendering that other person unconscious or under conditions wherein a reasonable person would not believe that consent was freely and knowingly given. The most serious sex abuse categories are included in the reports of DC Code Index Violent Crimes: Sexual Assault and on the Crime Mapping Application. The figures reported in this category include First Degree Sex Abuse, Second Degree Sex Abuse, Attempted First Degree Sex Abuse and Assault with Intent to Commit First Degree Sex Abuse against adults. Data in this format is available online from 2011.

Robbery:   The taking of anything of value from another person by force, violence or fear.

Assault Dangerous Weapon (ADW)/Aggravated Assault:   Knowingly or purposely causing serious bodily injury, threatening to do so, or knowingly engaging in conduct that creates a grave risk of serious bodily injury to another person.

Arson:   The malicious burning, or attempt to burn, any structure, vessel, vehicle, railroad car or property of another.

Burglary:   The unlawful entry of a structure, vessel, watercraft, railroad car or yard where chattels are deposited with the intent to commit any criminal offense

  • Burglary-1:  Burglary of a dwelling or other building that is occupied at the time of the event.
  • Burglary-1 Armed:  Committing the act of burglary by use of, or threat of, any dangerous or deadly weapon.
  • Burglary-2:  Burglary of a dwelling or other building that is not occupied at the time of the event.

Motor Vehicle Theft:   The theft of any self-propelled, motor driven vehicle that is primarily intended to transport persons and property on a highway.

Theft:   Wrongfully obtaining or using the property of another with the intent to deprive the owner of the value thereof.

  • Theft-1:  Theft of another's property valued at $1000 or more.
  • Theft-2 Armed:  Theft of another's property valued at less than $1000.

Theft F/Auto:   of items from within a vehicle, excluding motor vehicle parts and accessories.

Theft/Other:   A broad inclusion of Theft offenses including embezzlement, theft of services and fraud/false pretenses. The Theft/Other category excludes theft of items from a motor vehicle or the motor vehicle itself.

Robbery - Pickpocket:   A Robbery committed by the sudden and stealthy seizure of a wallet or other item from the body of a person. Since no overt force is used this offense will be classified as a theft.

Robbery - Snatch:   A Robbery committed by the sudden and stealthy seizure of a purse, wallet or other item from another person's possession, in his/her presence and without the use of overt force. Since no force is used this offense will be classified as a theft.

Other Definitions

  • CCN:  Criminal Complaint Number: a unique identifier assigned by MPD to each incident report. Other law enforcement agencies also request and use CCNs for their reports.
  • Report Date:  The date the offense was reported to MPD, which may be later than the date the offense actually occurred.
  • Shift:  MPD member's tour of duty associated with the time the report was taken. Day shift generally runs between 0700 and 1500 (military time); evening shift between 1500 and 2300, and midnight shift between 2300 and 0700. If the shift is unknown, the field will say "UNK".