Trends in Crime The Tables discussed below are explored in the first of three group projects Introduction to Sociology students pursue this semester. For in-depth details of what students should learn from the tables, Is crime increasing? Are crime rates going up or down? What is the difference? It is possible for one to increase while the other decreases. Determining the number of crimes is simple. All one needs to do is visit the UCR. Rates: A crime rate refers to the numbers of crimes per 100,000 people. It is possible for one to increase while the other decreases. Table #1 indicates that the overall number of crimes in the United States increases from 11,349,700 in 1976 to 12,431,400 in 1985. The overall crime rate, however, fell from 5287 per 100,000 people in 1976 to 5207 per 100,000 in 1985. The scenario in the example above happens because of population increase. There are more people so there are more crimes. While numbers are increasing due to population growth, the numbers of crimes experienced by every 100,000 people declines. People
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This note was uploaded on 11/09/2011 for the course SCIE SYG2000 taught by Professor Bernhardt during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.