Several years ago I wrote an article about Crime Definitions You Should Think About, talking about the definition of “Aggravated Assault” (as opposed to “Attempted Murder”) and what it meant—and how often it happened. If you haven’t read that, please take a moment to do so, because it describes the definition of aggravated assault, and why that definition is important. It’ll make the next part a lot more clear.
Each year, states (and divisions within that state such as county and city departments) are required to report crime statistics in various ways. One of the most important “indexes” of crime are “Part I” crimes, which include (among other things) the various categories of “Violent Crimes” which are: Criminal Homicide, Rape, Robbery, and Aggravated Assault.
Most often, people (when talking about armed self-defense) discuss the criminal homicide rates in their various areas, touting those areas as “safe” or “dangerous” in various descriptions based on those rates, most of which are misleading at best, and downright wrong fairly often.