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Lecture 5

ANTHRO 169 Lecture Notes - Lecture 5: Motor Vehicle Theft, Uniform Crime Reports, AssaultPremium


Department
Anthropology
Course Code
ANTHRO 169
Professor
Jeffrey Brantingham
Lecture
5

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ANTHRO. 169: WEEK 2 - WEDNESDAY LECTURE
How do we know crime actually occurs…
- Crimes are characterized as violations against the established laws in society; these
violations are reported and become certified by the police.
FBI Crime Statistics:
- Uniform Crime Reports(UCR).
- National Incident-Based Reporting Systems(NIBRS): more extensive list of crimes. May
include characteristics of the crime.
- This tracks reported crimes.
*** often police forces do not report crimes and there isn’t a law that may punish them for not
reporting crimes.
UCR Serious Crimes (examples)
- Violent
- Aggravated assault
- forcible rape
- murder
- robbery (when a person is present at the place which they are committing burglary).
- Property
- Arson
- Burglary
- larceny-theft
- motor vehicle theft
*** everything except for arson is considered to be the primary source of information by the
FBI.
UCR Lesser Crimes (examples)
- Simple assault
- curfew violations
- embezzlement, forgery and counterfeiting.
- DUI
- liquor offenses
- domestic abuse
- prostitution
- public drunkenness.
- sex offenders
*** it is hard to for the FBI to attain information about these crimes; these often result in lesser
levels of punishment.
Why are serious crimes tracked?
- Severity: they are tracked because they are mala in se crimes; they are severe and serious.
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