SOCC30H3 Lecture Notes - Homicide

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Published on 6 Oct 2012
School
UTSC
Department
Sociology
Course
SOCC30H3
Professor
SOCC30
Criminal Behaviour
Lecture 3
27th September 2012
- Crime statistics are reflective of changes in reporting habits
- One of the ironic consequences is that if there is an increaseof reporting crime there might be
an increase in the crime rate
- Jurisdiction all over North America past legislation about crime in the schools, things that entitle
to safe school act.
- High schools were required for the first time to report to the police criminal incidents that occus
in the school
- Before in schools if there was any pushing or shoving between students, they would only get a
warning and be told not to do that. These days however it is required for the school to make a
report about these incidents
- CW. Jeferey’s had a shooting of Jordan Mallace. Part of the investigation discovered that over
sometime female students were sexually assaulted in different places in the school. Apparently
the faculty members of the school knew about it, but didn’t say anything. This VP was
suspended.
- Changes in reporting habits can lead to an increase of the crime
- We can also make the same point about detection, one of the things that we can reasonable
anticipate with technological developments, it is going to improve the capacity for police to
detect crimes. DNA testing is an example of technological development that helps in the
investigation of crime.
Police Reported crime statistics, 2011
- Some highlights ; Traditionally when we talk about crime statistics, we are talking about the
shared value of the amount of crime. The shooting downtown would count as one criminal
incident, the theft of a mars bar would count as another criminal incident. A shooting incident is
more serious than the theft of a mars bar. One thing about crime statistics is that it doesn’t take
into consideration of seriousness. Therefore the smaller incidents make the crime statistics a lot
higher. There is a huge difference between an assault without a weapon and one using a gun or
knife. We are talking about rate, which means we are talking about the number of crimes for
every 100 000 people. In Canada in 2010 there was a homicide rate of 2%. Meaning for every
100 000 people there was 2 homocide.
- Both volume and severity of crime down; the amount and volume as well as severity of crime
have gone down. There was a decline from 2010- 2011. The crime rate was at its lowest in 1962
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Crime statistics are reflective of changes in reporting habits. One of the ironic consequences is that if there is an increaseof reporting crime there might be an increase in the crime rate. Jurisdiction all over north america past legislation about crime in the schools, things that entitle to safe school act. High schools were required for the first time to report to the police criminal incidents that occus in the school. Before in schools if there was any pushing or shoving between students, they would only get a warning and be told not to do that. These days however it is required for the school to make a report about these incidents. Part of the investigation discovered that over sometime female students were sexually assaulted in different places in the school. Apparently the faculty members of the school knew about it, but didn"t say anything. Changes in reporting habits can lead to an increase of the crime.

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