2.2 Crimes Against Persons (NIBRS - Group A)
In the First Quarter of 2017, Crimes Against Persons increased 14 percent overall with 3,354 offenses (victims) reported compared to 2,942 offenses (victims) reported in the First Quarter of 2016. Murder and nonnegligent manslaughter & negligent manslaughter increased 69.2 percent and forcible sex of- fenses increased 24.0 percent. Of all Crimes Against Persons in the First Quarter of 2017, 55 percent were known to be domestic-related.
Figure 2 - First Quarter 2017, Citywide NIBRS Group A, Crimes Against Persons
Number of Offenses
Type of Offense
Jan - Mar 2017
Jan - Mar 2016
13A - C Assault Offenses
3,007 2,671 12.6%
1,995 1,772 12.6%
64A-B *Human Trafficking 100 Kidnapping/Abduction
Murder & Nonnegligent Manslaughter and Negligent Manslaughter
11A - D Sex Offenses, Forcible
208 24.0% 82 29.3%
36A-B Sex Offenses, Nonforcible
12 9.1% 3,354 2,942 14.0% 11
Crime Against Persons Subtotal
Note: The crime categories are listed in alphabetical order for ease of reference rather than in order of their importance. For NIBRS offense definitions, go to www.fortworthpd.com/crime-information/
* No 1st quarter 2016 comparison.
In the First Quarter of 2017, there were 20 homicide victims and 2 negligent manslaughter victims, which is an increase of 9 victims compared to the First Quarter of 2016. The homicides were the result of a range of motives, including three domestic cases, five argument/fight cases, six robbery cases, one drug related case, and five unknown cases. Seventeen homicide cases involved firearms. Eleven of the 20 homicide cases have been filed. There were two offenses in Districts 2 and 4, three in Districts 3, 6 and 8, four in District 9, and five in District 5. FWPD’s homicide prevention strategies involve partnerships with various units and services. Neighbor- hood Police Officers, the Victim Assistance Section, and One Safe Place provide outreach services in an effort to prevent domestic violence crimes that have the potential to turn into a homicide In addition, the Homicide Unit has worked closely with the Crime Lab as policies have changed allowing for more timely entry of ballistic intelligence into the ATF’s National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN) to more readily identify persons who may be involved in violent offenses. The Homicide Unit also continues to work with members of the Gang, Narcotics, and Robbery Units where other criminal activity may elevate to homicide. Most Crimes Against Persons are simple assaults, defined under NIBRS as an “unlawful physical attack by one person upon another where neither the offender displays a weapon, nor the victim suffers obvi- ous severe or aggravated bodily injury involving apparent broken bones, loss of teeth, possible internal injury, severe laceration, or loss of consciousness.” Simple assaults increased 12.6 percent in the First Quarter of 2017 compared to the First Quarter of 2016. Approximately 65 percent of simple assault cas- es were known to be domestic-related. The second-largest Crimes Against Persons category is aggravated assaults. Aggravated assaults in- creased 15.1 percent in the First Quarter of 2017 compared to the First Quarter of 2016. Approximately 39 percent of aggravated assaults were known to be domestic-related. Nearly 50 percent of all aggra- vated assaults occurred within a residence, 24 percent near a roadway, 11 percent in a parking lot or parking garage, and 2 percent in a bar or night club. Intimidation, another assault offense, is defined as “to unlawfully place another person in reasonable fear of bodily harm through the use of threatening words and/or other conduct, but without displaying a weapon or subjecting the victim to actual physical attack.” Intimidation offenses increased 6.6 percent from the First Quarter of 2016 to the First Quarter of 2017.
Section II - NIBRS
First Quarter (January-March) 2017 Crime Report
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