Measuring Crime

Lynn A. Addington

in Criminology

ISBN: 9780195396607
Published online December 2009 | | DOI:
Measuring Crime

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The measurement of crime is an important topic, but it is frequently overlooked by criminologists. This slight is unfortunate, since accurate crime data are needed to adequately test theories of offending and victimization as well as to assess the effectiveness of public policies. The three main sources of crime data include official reports from the police, surveys of victims, and self-reports from offenders. Much of the work assessing how crime is measured focuses on data collected in the United States. Studies of US crime data and its measurement likely have broad applicability since US systems such as its National Crime Victimization Survey have served as the model for data collection efforts in other countries.

Article.  5540 words. 

Subjects: Criminology and Criminal Justice ; Criminal Justice ; Criminology

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