You Oughta Know

National crime data public on FBI's site

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The record: Uniform crime reports from the FBI. The International Association of Chiefs of Police started the unified crime reporting program in 1929 to meet a need for reliable, uniform crime statistics for the country, the FBI says. Since 1930, the FBI has collected, published and archived the statistics based on data sent by law enforcement agencies across the country.

Why you'd want them: To learn more about crime trends.

Where you get the records: From the FBI's Web site, Click on "Crime Statistics" under the "Be Crime Smart" menu on the home page.

How much it will cost: The information is free.