Class Notes (837,548)
Canada (510,312)
Criminology (722)
CRM 101 (128)
Lecture

Defining and Measuring Crime.docx

5 Pages
98 Views
Unlock Document

Department
Criminology
Course
CRM 101
Professor
Jennifer Fraser
Semester
Winter

Description
Defining and Measuring Crime 2014­01­23 Is Crime in Canada on the rise? What “counts” when we’re counting crime? Statistics? Personal Experiences? Anecdotal evidence? Statistics Canada uses statistics (police­recorded crime rates) AND personal experiences (victimization  surveys) Reliability & Validity Reliability: The consistency of results over time; i.e., would the methods & techniques used for data  collection produce the same results again and again? Validity: The extent to which the survey instrument (e.g., questionnaire, interview guide) actually measures  what it is intended to measure. Knowing the extent of crime: Statistics Canada Concerning crimes, Statistics Canada collects & analyzes: Official, police­recorded crime rates Uniform Crime Reporting Survey (UCR) Homicide survey Data form the General Social Survey (GSS) on Victimization every 5 years Advantages of official crime statistics (UCR) Accessible Fairly reliable Based on Criminal Code definitions Based on physical evidence & witnesses Identify trends Allows for comparisons Between cities Between provinces & territories Limitations of official crime statistics (UCR data) Subject to the resources of individual police departments Subject to changes in legal definitions of crime Does not capture crimes that are not reported to the police
More Less

Related notes for CRM 101

Log In


OR

Join OneClass

Access over 10 million pages of study
documents for 1.3 million courses.

Sign up

Join to view


OR

By registering, I agree to the Terms and Privacy Policies
Already have an account?
Just a few more details

So we can recommend you notes for your school.

Reset Password

Please enter below the email address you registered with and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Add your courses

Get notes from the top students in your class.


Submit