2017 4TH Quarter Crime Report

2.3 Crimes Against Persons (NIBRS - Group A)

In 2017, Crimes Against Persons increased 8.1 percent in 2017 compared to 2016. There was a 32.6 percent increase on reported nonforcible sex offenses, 15.5 increase in forcible sex offenses, 9.2 increase in murder and nonnegligent manslaughter and negligent manslaughter, 7.8 percent increase in assault offenses, while kidnapping/abduction de- creased 28.1 percent. In the Fourth Quarter of 2017, Crimes Against Persons increased 8.9 percent overall with 3,435 offenses (victims) re- ported compared to 3,153 offenses (victims) reported in the Fourth Quarter of 2016. Forcible sex offenses increased 17.3 percent, assault offenses increased 9.1 percent while kidnapping/abduction decreased 32.7 percent. Of all Crimes Against Persons in the Fourth Quarter of 2017, 50 percent were known to be domestic-related.

Figure 3 - Fourth Quarter 2017, Citywide NIBRS Group A, Crimes Against Persons

Cumulative Comparison January - December

Number of Offenses

Type of Offense

Oct - Dec 2017

Oct - Dec 2016

% Change

% Change 2017 2016

13A - C Assault Offenses



9.1% 12,846 11,921 7.8% 7.8% 3,062 2,764 10.8%

Aggravated Assault




Simple Assault



11.2% 8,584 7,947 8.0%






1,200 1,210 29 -- 143 199



64A-B Human Trafficking* 100 Kidnapping/Abduction









Murder & Nonnegligent Manslaughter and Negligent Manslaughter




0.0% 71 65 9.2%

11A - D Sex Offenses, Forcible

278 117

237 100

17.3% 1,120 970 15.5% 17.0% 456 381 19.7%

Forcible Rape





17.5% 664 589 12.7%


36A-B Sex Offenses, Nonforcible




61 46 32.6%

Crimes Against Persons Subtotal



8.9% 14,270 13,201 8.1%

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 2016 comparison.

In the Fourth Quarter of 2017, there were 15 homicide victims, which the same number of homicide victims in the Fourth Quarter of 2016. The homicides were the result of a range of motives including one domestic case, three argument/fight cases, one child abuse case, three robbery cases, one drug related, and six unknown. Eleven homicides involved fire- arms. Five of the 15 homicides have been filed. There was one offense in Council Districts 2, 4, and 6, and three offens- es in Council Districts 3, 5, 8, and 9. FWPD’s homicide prevention strategies involve partnerships with various units and services. Neighborhood Police Offic- ers, the Victim Assistance Section, and One Safe Place provide outreach services in an effort to prevent domestic vio- lence 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 Inte- grated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN) to more readily identify persons who may be involved in violent offens- es. 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 obvious severe or aggravated bodily injury involving apparent broken bones, loss of teeth, possible internal injury, severe laceration, or loss of conscious- ness.” Simple assaults increased 11.2 percent in the Fourth Quarter of 2017 compared to the Fourth Quarter of 2016. Approximately 64 percent of simple assault cases were known to be domestic-related. The second-largest Crimes Against Persons category is aggravated assaults. Aggravated assaults increased 7.8 per- cent in the Fourth Quarter of 2017 compared to the Fourth Quarter of 2016. Approximately 41 percent of aggravated assaults were known to be domestic-related. Fifty-one percent of all aggravated assaults occurred within a residence, 23 percent near a roadway, 6 percent in a parking lot or parking garage, and 3 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 decreased 2.6 percent in the Fourth Quarter of 2017 compared to the Fourth Quarter of 2016.

Section II - NIBRS


Fourth Quarter (Oct - Dec) Crime Report

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