Types of crime
This is often a short answer question, do not confuse Types of crime with Examples.
Type = Offence against the person
E.g. = Homicide
Remember Type = category
NSWs primary piece of criminal legislation:
What is Criminology?
Criminology is the scientific study of the nature, extent, cause, and control of criminal behavior.
Criminology is an interdisciplinary science:
Serial killer: A person who kills three or more people in three or more separate events
over a period of time including an "emotional cooling-off" period in between the
homicides (FBI definition)
Mass Murder: The USA Bureau of Justice Statistics defines a
What is Criminal Profiling?
- A technique for predicting the personality, behavioural, and demographic characteristics of an
individual based upon an analysis of the crimes he or she has committed.
- Typically used in low volume serious crimes such as ser
Until recently, victims were not studied
Passive recipients of criminals greed, anger, etc., wrong place at the wrong time
Victimology the study of victims
$8 billion per year in stolen property
Victims not treated well by CJS
Loss of wages, p
Which is more costly to society?
Convicting an innocent person
Failing to convict a guilty person
Comparative Methodology in Law
Possible applications of comparative law principles
What practical problems will I confront, given the different contexts of law? Is there a
methodology that can help me?
What is the role of culture, of econ
The sad reality
How likely is it that you or someone you know will be a victim of violence?
About 1/3 of the victims of violent crimes are teenagers and young adults
Almost of all victims are under the age of 25
(Bureau of Justice
How Criminologists Study Crime
Sampling (selection process)
Population (sharing of similar characteristics)
Self-report surveys and interviews
Cross-sectional research (representative of all society)