CJ 9-12 - Measurement of Crime Ways to measure crime: 1)...

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Measurement of Crime Ways to measure crime: 1) Police reports a. UCR (Uniform Crime Reports) i. It is a Police Report ii. Prepared/generated by FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) iii. Have been used since 1930 iv. 16,000+ police agencies report criminal activity in their jurisdiction report to the FBI v. 95% crime in population 2) Victim reports a. National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) i. Produced by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) ii. Began in 1972 iii. Each year, 50,000 households are surveyed and 2 people from each household is surveyed *(50,000 households/ 100,000 individuals) iv. Age 12+ v. Victims of murder cannot respond to survey *UCR vs. NCVS –more NCVS than UCR (most crime reports are done by victims) **Difference between these 2 reports is the Dark Figure of Crime- crimes not reported to police 3) Self reports a. Made by perpetrators (usually juveniles) i. Problems: perp might fabricate details to “impress” cop/interviewer, may not mention all offenses ii. Check police reports
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