Entering Return G Data - Monthly Return of Arson Offenses Known to Law Enforcement
Monthly figures for Arson Offenses can be entered on Return G. The data entry form for Return G follows the layout of the FBI standard paper return.
The Return G screen consists of several columns of information which must be entered. The statistics are entered by Property Classification. You should make sure that all of the data collected is present before entering the next Property Classification or moving to the next data entry page. The Property Classification applicable for this form are listed down the left side of the form. Navigation between columns can be accomplished by using the Tab key to move to the next column for which you have data, or using the mouse.
If you have entered this screen during the course of entering a month of data, there will be pre-filled, information in the "Total Arson" line, in the "Offenses Reported or Known to Police (include Unfounded and Attempts)" column. This information was input by the system based upon the information entered on Return A for Arson Offenses. You must enter the appropriate breakdown of the total number into the lines that detail the Property Classification.
The first available data entry column is the "Offenses Reported or Known to Police (include Unfounded and Attempts)" column. Enter the correct statistical data and Tab to the column "Unfounded, ie., False or Baseless Complaints". Enter the requested information. Please note that "Number of Actual Offenses (Column 2 Minus Column 3 Include Attempts)" column will be calculated by the system and you will not be able to enter data into this column.
Continue to use the Tab key to process through all of the remaining Offense columns, "Total Offenses Cleared by Arrest or Exceptional Means (Include Column 6)" , "Number of Clearances Involving Only Persons Under 18 Years of Age", and "Offenses Where Structures Uninhabited Abandoned, or not Normally in Use" entering statistics where necessary. If there are no statistics for a column, it can be left blank and the system will fill the column with zero during processing.
The final column of data requested on the Return is "Estimated Value of Property Damage". Enter the necessary statistics. If there are no statistics for a column, it can be left blank and the system will fill the column with zero during processing.
Repeat the above process for all Property Classifications for which you have statistics to record. Please note that "Total Structure", "Total Mobile" and "Total Arson" lines will be calculated by the system and you will not be able to enter data into these lines.
Three links are available to allow you to control the data entry process. At any time during the data input, Help for the completion of Return C is available by clicking on the "Need Help?" link on the bottom of the page. Clicking on the "Save Submission" link will save all statistics entered up to that point, in the event you are not able to complete entering all statistics for the current month's submission in one session. Finally, clicking the "Continue" link will signal the system that you have completed entering Return G statistics. The system will verify the data that has been entered, and return any errors for correction before moving to the next screen.
If you enter a value in any of the "Estimated Value of Property Damage" fields that is greater then $1,000,000, the system will display a message in the status bar at the bottom of your screen requesting that you verify that the amount is correct. If the amount is correct as entered, click the "Continue" link. If the amount is incorrect, make any necessary changes, then click the "Continue" link.
See FBI Uniform Crime Reporting Handbook for more information.