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SOCL 4461 Study Guide - Comprehensive Midterm Guide: National Crime Victimization Survey, Uniform Crime Reports, White-Collar Crime


Department
Sociology
Course Code
SOCL 4461
Professor
Dr.Torres
Study Guide
Midterm

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SOCL 4461
MIDTERM EXAM
STUDY GUIDE
CRIMINOLOGY- SOCL 4461
DEFINING CRIME AND EXPLAINING CRIME
What is crime?
There are varying definitions but what we are concerned about is “the commission of
Are we safe?
Great American crime drop
oShows that since the 1980’s crime has significantly decreased. Based on FBI crime
statistics and uniform crime reports. Increase of crime from 1960’s- 80’s
Crime within the US is not evenly distributed
oAmount of crime varies by location
oFor example, data from 1996 showed that 10 cities accounted for fully ¼ of all of the
nation’s homicides
Where we get the data:
oUniform crime reports- only captures crime that has been reported
Reported victimization
Complied by the FBI
Police report crimes to them yearly
Split between part 1 (aggravated assault, robbery, homicide) and part 2
(burglary, larceny, stolen autos) offenses.
Problem with UCR based on only REPORTED crimes, leaves out misdemeanor
crimes.
oNational crime victimization survey (NCVS)
An attempted to capture this unknown number by surveying people to ask if
they’ve been a victim of a crime, regardless of whether they reported their
incidents or not.
How do we study crime?
National level, state level, local level, neighborhood level, and individual level. In
PowerPoint, darker tones indicate we have a lot of data for that section. There is still much
to be learned at individual level.
How do we get the data?
Dependent upon what questions you want to answer in relation to crime
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