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CRIM 1650 LECTURE 3

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Department
Criminology
Course
CRIM 1650
Professor
James Williams
Semester
Fall

Description
Criminology Lecture #3 measurement of crime Links between definition and measurement - how crime is defined will invariably influence how it is measured 1. Activities that are not defined as crimes will not be measured 2. The broader the definition, the more crime 3. The narrower the definition, the less crime UCRUniform Crime Report (est since 1981) 1. Most common and widely reported crime statistics 2. Compiled by Canadian center for justice statistics based on monthly reports from police forces across Canada 3. Includes both crimes reported to the police and the outcomes of police patrols and investigations -measure of incidents - traffic offences and drug offenses are not included in the UCR -drugs are not in the criminal code 4. Crime rate = 100,000 / population x number of incidents 5. Crime severity index 2009 -creates weights for different types of crimes multiple the incarceration rate x the length of sentence, take the total number of incidents and multiple it by the weight Limitations 1. Reporting practises - fewer than 4 in 10 incidents are reported -70% of assults are not reported -53% of robberies aren’t reported -80% of sexual assults aren’t reported -75% of domestic abuse goes unrepor
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