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How do UCR and NCVS differ?

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The UCR Program and the NCVS were designed to complement each other. The UCR Program provides a reliable set of criminal justice statistics for law enforcement administration, operation, and management, as well as to indicate fluctuations in the level of crime in America. The NCVS provides previously unavailable information about victims, offenders, and crime (including crime not reported to the police). The two programs employ different methodologies, but they measure a similar subset of serious crimes. Both programs cover forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, theft, and motor vehicle theft. Both the UCR and the NCVS have similar definitions of forcible rape, robbery, and theft.

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