SOC 1500 Lecture Notes - Lecture 4: Homicide, General Social Survey, Deeper Understanding

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Empirical - systematic collection of observable data. Criminologists focus on two things: measuring crime on society. Journalists just contact people or ask someone about something that"s happened to them but those aren"t empirical methods: understanding the nature of crime. Criminologists in canada collect data through a systematic approach. Prime methods of measuring crime: official statistics. All reported crimes in canada gets reported to this statists groups. They organize into 3 groups: violent crime, property crime, other crimes (impaired driving, disturbing peace) Ucr2 also includes data on victims and accused. In 2014, there were 516 homicides in canada) In 2014, the canadian homicide rate was 1. 45 per 100,000) Crime rates are more useful than an absolute number. Because population size always changes and some places have rapid growth and some places not which would affect the absolute number of homicide. Ucr only reports most serious crimes and less serious crimes are not accounted for.

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