It is important for users of crime statistic data to remember that the primary objective is to generate reliable crime statistics for use in law enforcement administration, operation, and management. The public relies on the information to better understand crime trends in the community, and to compare crime from year to year. Additionally, criminologists, sociologists, legislators, city planners, the media, and students of criminal justice use crime statistics for a variety of research and planning purposes. Since crime is a sociological phenomenon influenced by a variety of factors, the FBI does discourage ranking agencies and using the data as a measurement of law enforcement effectiveness.
The FBI provides law enforcement agencies with a handbook that explains how to classify and score offenses and provides uniform crime offense definitions. Acknowledging that offense definitions may vary from state to state, the FBI cautions agencies to report offenses not according to local or state statutes but according to the guidelines provided in Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) handbook. The Pittsburg Police Department does make a good faith effort to comply with all UCR established guidelines.
2014 versus 2015 Violent/Property Crime Comparison:
2014 v 2015 Crime Comparison