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Fact Sheet - Violent Crime Analysis Branch

May, 2018
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Fast Facts

  1. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ Violent Crime Analysis Branch provides ATF and other federal, state, local and international law enforcement agencies with useful and accurate crime gun, explosives, and arson intelligence information in statistical and visual formats.

  2. VCAB collects, analyzes, and disseminates criminal intelligence information derived from various diverse sources for the purpose of reducing violent crime and protecting the public.

The mission of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) Violent Crime Analysis Branch (VCAB) is to provide ATF and other federal, state, local and international law enforcement agencies with useful and accurate crime gun, explosives, and arson intelligence information in statistical and visual formats. VCAB collects, analyzes and disseminates criminal intelligence information derived from various sources for the purpose of reducing violent crime and protecting the public. 

VCAB regularly produces reports, maps and studies on the following:

  • Firearm Trace Studies: Used to determine any trends and patterns relative to firearms trafficking schemes.
  • Explosives and Arson Studies: Used to analyze trends and patterns of explosive and arson incidents.
  • Mapping Studies: Geographic Information System or other visual representation of geographic information extracted from various ATF databases, including licensee populations, firearms tracing, violent crime data, explosives and arson incidents, theft of firearms from Federal Firearms Licensees, and more.
  • Data Extracts: Extracts of firearms, explosives, and arson data in spreadsheet form.

For more information and to view VCAB statistical and mapping products that are annually posted to the ATF public website, please visit www.atf.gov/resource-center/data-statistics.

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