LASD Logo

2014 Crime and Arrest Statistics

Crime Definitions

CLASSIFICATION

DEFINITION AND/OR EXAMPLES

Part I Crimes

 

Criminal Homicide*

The willful (nonnegligent) killing of one human being by another. Excludes attempts, fetal deaths, and traffic fatalities.

Forcible Rape*

The act of a man having sexual intercourse with a woman forcibly and against her will. Excludes sexual attacks on males, statutory rape, incest, forcible sodomy, sexual assault with an object, etc.

Robbery*

The taking of anything of value from the care, custody, or control of a person or persons by force or threat of force or violence and /or by putting the victim in fear.

Aggravated Assault*

An unlawful attack by one person upon another for the purpose of inflicting severe or aggravated bodily injury. This type of assault usually is accompanied by the use of a weapon or by means likely to produce death or great bodily harm.

Burglary*

The unlawful entry or attempted entry of a structure to commit a felony or theft. Includes apartment, barn, house trailer or houseboat when used as a permanent dwelling, office, railroad car (but not automobile), stable, and vessel (i.e., ship).

Larceny Theft*

The unlawful taking, carrying, leading, or riding away of property from the possession or constructive possession of another. Excludes automobile theft, embezzlement, fraud, counterfeiting, check fraud, etc.

Grand Theft Auto*

The theft or attempted theft of a motor vehicle.

Arson*

Any willful or malicious burning or attempt to burn, with or without intent to defraud, a dwelling house, public building, motor vehicle or aircraft, personal property of another, etc.

Part II Crimes

 

Forgery

The act of falsely making, altering, or imitating (as a document or signature) with intent to defraud.

Fraud and NSF Check

Non-Sufficient Fund (NSF) checks, fraud, and defrauding.

Sex Offense, Felony

Sex crimes against children under 14 years of age, unlawful sexual intercourse, incest, pandering, pimping, and failing to register as a sex offender.

Sex Offense, Misdemeanor

Indecent exposure, house of ill fame, lewd conduct, annoy/molest children, prostitution, obscene matter, and failing to register as a sex offender.

Non-Aggravated Assault

All assaults which involve the use of a personal weapon (such as hands, fists, or feet) and in which there were no serious or aggravated injuries to the victim.

Weapon

Possession, concealment, unlawful shooting in city limits, etc.

Offense Against Family

Child abandonment, child neglect, failure to provide, elder abuse, domestic violence with no weapon used and no physical injury.

Narcotic

Possession, sales, under the influence of, and found narcotics.

Liquor/Tobacco

Sell liquor to minor, possess/use/furnish false evidence of age, minor in possession of alcohol, employ minor on premises where alcohol is served, drinking in vehicle, possess open container, and furnishing tobacco to minors.

Drunk - Alcohol/Drug

Having the faculties impaired by alcohol or drugs.

Disorderly Conduct

Interfering with school activities, disturbing the peace, court disturbances, unlawful assembly, failure to disperse, riot or incitement, peeping, prowling, telephone annoyance, and loud party, etc.

Vagrancy/Quality of Life

Loitering, curfew, and illegal vending.

Gambling

Gambling, touting, bookmaking, lotteries, and numbers games.

Drunk Driving - Vehicle/Boat

Operating a vehicle or boat while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Vehicle/Boating

Hit and run accidents, various misdemeanor and felony laws related to the safe operation of a vehicle or boat, and juveniles with .01% blood alcohol content.

Vandalism

Damaging, destroying, or defacing any real property that is not one's own, including tagging, graffiti, etc.

Warrants

A judicial writ authorizing an officer to make an arrest.

Receiving Stolen Property

Buying or receiving any property that has been stolen or that has been obtained in any manner constituting theft or extortion, knowing the property to be so stolen or obtained, or who conceals, sells, withholds, or aids in concealing, selling, or withholding any property from the owner, knowing the property to be so stolen or obtained.

Federal Offenses Without Money

Immigration laws, counterfeiting Federal documents, desertion, smuggling, tampering with mail, Selective Service Act, Mann Act, etc.

Federal Offense With Money

Defraud Federal government, mail fraud, conversion of military property, mail theft, counterfeiting U.S. currency, etc.

Felony, Miscellaneous

Any crime not listed in a previous category punishable by 1 year or more in state prison, including bigamy, conspiracy, escape, extortion, perjury, kidnaping, child stealing, false report of bomb or emergency with injury/death, false imprisonment, embezzlement, solicit to commit murder/rape/certain felonies, lynching, unlawful use/possession of explosives, bribery, and negligent driving manslaughter.

Misdemeanor, Miscellaneous

Any crime not listed in a previous category that is punishable by a up to 1 year in the county jail, including cruelty to animals, trespassing, public nuisance, fish and game violations, non-negligent driving manslaughter, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, parole/probation violations, and alarm violations.

Person Missing or Found

Any person reported missing to and/or found by a law enforcement agency.

Juvenile, Noncriminal

Juvenile welfare laws related to lack of supervision, unfit home, incorrigible, truancy, etc., and juvenile citations.

Commitment

Drunk, involuntary narcotic, and voluntary narcotic commitments to the County Jail.

Miscellaneous Noncriminal

Various noncriminal incidents which the Department maintains records on, including explosions, possible narcotics activity, special investigations, lost/found/recovered property, erroneous jail released, suspicious circumstances, fires, liquor and business license investigations, abandoned automobile/boat, labor dispute/strike, noncriminal domestic violence, repossessions, employee injuries, damage to county property, etc.

Suicide and Attempt

The act of intentionally or attempting to intentionally kill oneself.

Mentally Ill

When any person, as a result of mental disorder, is a danger to others, or to himself or herself, or gravely disabled, a peace officer may, upon probable cause, take, or cause to be taken, the person into custody and place him or her in a facility designated by the county and approved by the State Department of Mental Health as a facility for 72-hour treatment and evaluation.

Accident, Traffic - Vehicle/Boat

On highway traffic/boat accidents.

Accident, Miscellaneous

Off highway traffic/boat accidents, household accidents, accidental shootings, etc.

Person Dead

Noncriminal death due to natural causes, industrial accident, home accident, recreational accident, overdose, etc.


*These categories are Part I Crimes, as defined by the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program. UCR crime definitions generally match California Penal Code definitions, however, there are minor variances. For additional information on UCR, please go to the following web site: www.fbi.gov


2014 Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. All Rights Reserved.