Exploring Crime Data Exercise Fall 06

Exploring Crime Data Exercise Fall 06 - Exploring Crime...

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Exploring Crime Data On the Internet Fall 2006 The purpose of this exercise is to familiarize you with the large amount of crime data now available from reliable sources on the internet and to give you some practice looking at and thinking about specific statistics. You will need to use a computer with the Adobe Acrobat Reader in order to download some of the data sets. If you don’t have this on your personal computer, the computers in the library and the computer labs have it. At the end of this document you will find a separate page where all of the questions for this assignment are written out again. This is the page you will print out and hand in. You can either type on this sheet or print it out and write on it. Electronic copies will not be accepted. To give you a better idea of what you need to do in this assignment, Bob has completed it himself and has typed his answers under the questions listed with the instructions. Bob’s work represents the respectable kind of job you need to do on this in order to receive full credit. If you have any difficulty completing this exercise, please see Bob as soon as possible to get some help .
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Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) 1. Go to the Federal Bureau of Investigation website at www.fbi.gov . 2. On the left-hand side of the screen click on “Reports and Publications .” 3. Then at the bottom of the Reports page, click on “Uniform Crime Reports: Crime in the United States .” 4. A page will come up by which you can access UCR data for a number of different years. Under the heading “Crime in the United States ,” click on the year 2004 . 5. The page you will then see is a web version of the table of contents for the UCR report Crime in the United States for 2004. For this exercise, you will need the entire report in a .pdf format. Navigate to the far right of this screen. You will see a list of links under the heading “DOWNLOAD FILES” in a small typeface for accessing .pdf versions of this report. Click on “Full Document (pdf).” It may take a minute for the full file to download to your computer. Violent Crime. 1. Violent crime statistics are presented first in Crime in the United States . Read the text and charts on pp. 11-13. Be careful to understand the difference between the volume of violent crimes and the rate of these. The volume is the total number of crimes, and the rate is the number of crimes per 100,000 people. Thus, if the population increases more than the volume of crime, the crime rate will go down. But, in this case, there would still have been a larger total number of crimes committed than in the previous year. Or, when the population increases, the crime rate may go down while the volume of crime stays the same. Think about it. 2.
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