What is Considered Crime?
Crimes are defined by federal and state law, and in some instances, city ordinances. Within various crimes, there are levels of seriousness, which are commonly called felony, gross misdemeanor, misdemeanor and petty misdemeanor. These levels are generally defined within the state law that defines crime.
Crimes are also commonly placed into two groups:
- Crimes against persons (such crimes as homicide and rape); and
- Crimes against property (burglary and theft).
Crimes are also put into categories of Part I or Part II crimes. These categories are defined by the FBI. Part I crimes are defined by the FBI as crimes that are generally similarly defined in all 50 states. These Part I crime statistics are then commonly used to compare statistics for various communities.
Police Department Crime Map
To provide specific information about crime in our community, the Plymouth Police Department has partnered with BAIR Analytics. The RAIDS (Regional Analysis and Information Data Sharing) Online crime map displays the following eight crimes types on the Plymouth map: homicide; attempted homicide; aggravated robbery; burglary-commercial; burglary-residential; motor vehicle theft; burglary from motor vehicle; and vandalism. To obtain details about a specific crime (i.e. case number, location, date and time), click on the event icon.
You can also sign up for reports, via the crime map page, that will automatically email a breakdown of recent crime activity. Simply click on the "Sign Up for Crime Alerts" button in the upper right corner of the map screen.
NOTE: BAIR Analytics works with several police departments in the region to provide crime maps and information to the public. Each law enforcement agency customizes the crime events that it displays based on is own community’s need.
The department compiles public information on incidents and arrests. This information is generally available at the front counter of the police department on a weekly basis (Fridays), but is subject to change due to holidays and scheduling conflicts. This information includes the date, time, case number, location and basic summary information of incidents that occurred. If anyone was arrested or charged, that information is also included in the report.