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Chap2-Nature&Extent - Chapter 2 The Nature and Extent of...

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Chapter 2 The Nature and Extent of Crime
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Primary Sources of Crime Data Official Records: The  Uniform Crime Report  (UCR) Conducted annually by  the FBI since 1929. FBI tallies number of  crimes reported to local  agencies. Data is also gathered  on agencies’ clear  rates. 
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Primary Sources of Crime Data Shortfalls of the UCR: Surveys indicate that perhaps over half of crime  goes unreported. Participation is voluntary, so some states or  agencies don’t submit information. Controlling for how agencies arrest and record  their data is difficult, and they may simply make  errors.   Crimes are counted following the ‘hierarchy rule’,  where only the most serious crime is counted. Only a limited number of crimes are measured.
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Primary Sources of Crime Data NIBRS: The Future of the UCR National Incident-Based Reporting System Much more in-depth than the UCR:
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