Federal Bureau of Investigation, “2018 Crime in the United States,” September 2019. Accessed March 19, 2020.
SafeWise, “2020 State of Safety,” March 2019.
Gun Violence Archive (GVA), “Mass Shootings Reports,” Accessed March 19, 2020.
Bureau of Justice Statistics, Quick Tables, “Number of Violent Victimizations By Victim-Offender Relationship, 2014–2018,” generated using the NCVS Victimization Analysis Tool at www.bjs.gov. Accessed March 3, 2020.
1. Mass Shooting Definition
SafeWise uses the GVA definition of a mass shooting: “If four or more people are shot or killed in a single incident, not involving the shooter, that incident is categorized as a mass shooting based purely on that numerical threshold.”
2. Burglary Definition
SafeWise uses the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting Program definition for burglary: “The unlawful entry of a structure to commit a felony or theft.” In addition, the use of force is not required to classify a break-in as a burglary.
3. Larceny-Theft Definition
SafeWise uses the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting Program definition for larceny-theft: “The unlawful taking, carrying, leading, or riding away of property from the possession or constructive possession of another.” Examples include thefts of car parts, bicycles, shoplifting, pick-pocketing, or any theft of an item in which there was no use of force, fraud, or violence.