Crime Reporting

NYSIBR Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

Updated October 13, 2006

The following is a list of frequently asked questions regarding the NYSIBR program. For more information please refer to the IBR Desk Reference or the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting Handbook

What is NYSIBR?

NYSIBR is the New York State adaptation of the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS), an incident-based reporting system through which data are collected on each crime occurrence. NYSIBR meets all NIBRS standards. NYSIBR data are converted to the summary crime reporting format by the Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) for submission to the FBI and Comparison on a national level.

What crimes are reported through NYSIBR?

NYSIBR collects data on all criminal offenses known to law enforcement.

What are the benefits of participating in NYSIBR?

In addition to collecting data on criminal offenses known to law enforcement, NYSIBR also collects data on offenders, victims, and locations. This makes possible a more detailed analysis of crime, victimology, and general location, thus providing a richer picture of crime than the traditional summary crime reporting method. Additionally, reporting agencies will have less paperwork and improved accuracy.

What are the requirements for submitting data into the NYS Incident-Based Reporting system (NYSIBR)?

An agency must utilize a records management system with IBR capability. The agency must also utilize the standardized incident and standardized arrest reports in order to efficiently collect the necessary data. These forms are available on our website at: http://www.criminaljustice.ny.gov/forms.htm.

Can any local, county, or state agency submit a NYSIBR test file?

Yes. Please contact the Crime Reporting Unit at 1-800-262-DCJS (3257) or infonysibr@dcjs.ny.gov for instructions on how to report crime via NYSIBR.