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Woodsworth College Courses
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WDW101Y1
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Scot Wortley

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Week TWO
Measurement strategies:
Official Crime Data: four major forms
Uniform crime reports has a problem of judgement/ police do have discretion to
not fill out a form/ these are crimes that are known to the police- 80 to 90 are
reported by civilians, the other 10 to 20 % are crime that the police has discovered.
Annual report. The UCR form was revised in 1984- more sophisticated analysis of
crime and patterns. Crime count -is the actual number. Percentage change, often
from year to year +or - %. Crime rate- per capita per 100 000.
Higher homicide rate in the Northwest Territories because gun availability and male
female ration. A lot of crime is concentrated among young people.
Strengths of UCR, they have standardized reporting that permit comparisons/
provide accurate analysis/ understand when and where crime takes place
Weakness, most crimes are not reported to the police/ reflect the nature of police
activity/ changing legal definitions can make it difficult to track trends/ cases
that police decide not to report/ only the most serious crimes are reported.
Interpol statistics
Coroners reports ( good source of data on homicides)
World health organization data (official data on source of death)
Unofficial crime date
Victimization surveys Take a random sample of the population and ask them
question. From this we realize that most of the crimes are not reported (ex.
Assaults )
Self-report surveys you ask people
Combined Victimization-self-report survey
Public opinion surveys document the fear of crime, the performance of the police
the laws, what should the government do. To have a good survey you have to be
careful with the sample.
*those who are most afraid of crime are the least likely to be victimized, those who
demonstrated less fear are more likely to be victimized
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Week TWO Measurement strategies : Official Crime Data: four major forms Uniform crime reports has a problem of judgement police do have discretion to not fill out a form these are crimes that are known to the police- 80 to 90 are reported by civilians, the other 10 to 20 % are crime that the police has discovered. Annual report. The UCR form was revised in 1984- more sophisticated analysis of crime and patterns. Crime count -is the actual number. Percentage change, often from year to year +or - %. Crime rate- per capita per 100 000. Higher homicide rate in the Northwest Territories because gun availability and male female ration. A lot of crime is concentrated among young people. Strengths of UCR, they have standardized reporting that permit comparisons provide accurate analysis understand when and where crime takes place Weakness, most crimes are not reported to the police reflect the nature of police activity changin
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