Three Conceptual problems with the UCR The UCR which stands for the Uniform Crime Report is a report of crime in a given year compiled by the FBI based on crime reports submitted by the police to the FBI. There are many problems with this report. The most obvious one is that simply there is much more crime that goes on that actually even gets reported. The UCR only deals with the actual reports from crimes. Submitting information the FBI for the UCR is also voluntary! Some police departments don’t even submit the information to the FBI leaving the FBI to make estimates for such crime rates for unparticipating jurisdictions. The UCR only concentrates mainly on the most serious of crimes as well. These include and are labeled as “Part 1” crimes: murder, forcible rape, robbery, aggrevated assault, burglary, larceny, motor vehicle theft and arson. “Part 2” crimes which include simple assault, forgery and counterfeiting, fraud, embezzlement, buying, receiving, and possessing stolen property, carrying and possessing we
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