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Crime Rates in the United States
Crime Rates in the United States
•Attempt to measure the amount of crime in a
given society
•Can be tracked by country, st...
Methods for Gathering Statistics
•Police reports
•Household surveys
•Hospital and insurance records
“Dark Figure of Crime”
•Many crimes are not reported to police
•43 percent of rape victims do not report the
crime
•56 per...
“Dark Figure of Crime”
“Dark Figure of Crime”
•People fail to report crimes for a number of
reasons:
•Police would not or could not help
•Fear of...
“Dark Figure of Crime”
Public Perception of Crime
•Many Americans believe that crime is rising
•In 1990, 84% of Americans believed there was
more...
Uniform Crime Reports
•Authorized by Congress in 1930
•Issued by the FBI each year
•Report is compiled using information f...
Uniform Crime Reports
•Types of crime in the UCR include:
•Criminal homicide
•Forcible rape
•Robbery
•Aggravated Assault
•...
Effect of UCR
•Police executives want their city to follow
national trend
•Police falsify their crime rate reports
•Budget...
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  1. 1. Crime Rates in the United States
  2. 2. Crime Rates in the United States •Attempt to measure the amount of crime in a given society •Can be tracked by country, state or municipality •Likely to be inaccurate – Why?
  3. 3. Methods for Gathering Statistics •Police reports •Household surveys •Hospital and insurance records
  4. 4. “Dark Figure of Crime” •Many crimes are not reported to police •43 percent of rape victims do not report the crime •56 percent of assaults go unreported
  5. 5. “Dark Figure of Crime”
  6. 6. “Dark Figure of Crime” •People fail to report crimes for a number of reasons: •Police would not or could not help •Fear of getting offender in trouble •Not important to the victim •Dealt with the crime in a personal way
  7. 7. “Dark Figure of Crime”
  8. 8. Public Perception of Crime •Many Americans believe that crime is rising •In 1990, 84% of Americans believed there was more crime than in the previous year •In 2000, 47% of Americans believed there was more crime than in the previous year •In 2008, 67% of Americans believed there was more crime than in the previous year
  9. 9. Uniform Crime Reports •Authorized by Congress in 1930 •Issued by the FBI each year •Report is compiled using information from 16,000 law enforcement agencies that police 98% of the nation’s population •Still, the report is not entirely accurate
  10. 10. Uniform Crime Reports •Types of crime in the UCR include: •Criminal homicide •Forcible rape •Robbery •Aggravated Assault •Burglary •Larceny •Auto theft •Arson •For these crimes, report includes information on age, race and crimes solved
  11. 11. Effect of UCR •Police executives want their city to follow national trend •Police falsify their crime rate reports •Budgets, promotions and pay raises depend on positive crime report data •In 2005, NY police officers reported pressure to report felonies as misdemeanors
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