SOC 1500 Lecture Notes - Lecture 2: Deeper Understanding, Homicide, Participant Observation

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Empirical objectives: empirical: systematic collection of observable data, criminologists focus on 2 things. 4 ways to study crime: official statistics. Collected form official agencies (police reported crimes) Required to submit monthly crimes to the ucr system. Other crimes (impaired driving, disturbing the peace) Ucr2 also includes data on victims and accussed (relationship, gener) Absolute number; in 2014 there were 516 homicies in canada. Crime rates; in 2014 the canadian homicide rate was. What counts as a crime changes over time. Not all crimes are reported to the police. I. e. if someone was stealing a car and got caught and they killed the other person only the homicide (most serious offence) if reported not the car theft: self-report surverys. Questionnaires that ask participants about offences they have committed. Intended to capture information about crimes that may not have come to the affention of the police (dark figure) Can only ask so many questions: victimization surveys.

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