Crime And Its Measurement Of Crime

1675 Words Aug 26th, 2015 7 Pages
This question focuses on crime and its measurement which is one of the most controversial topics in modern times. There has been a lot of debates by politicians, the media and the general public whether crime is falling or rising. We shall attempt a definition of what is crime, what are crime statistics, what is known and not known about crime in England and Wales, the techniques used in measuring crime, and the evaluation of the strength and weaknesses of the different ways of measuring crime. Our final discussion will be on the reliability of the statistical data and the criminologists view or perspective of the various data sources.
Crime is the "study of the making of laws, the breaking of laws and the society 's reaction to the breaking of laws." - Edwin Sutherland (1937).
"The study of crime, of attempts to control it, and the attitudes to it. Crime is interpreted in its widest sense, so as to include minor as well as major law-breaking, and also conduct which, but for the special status or role of those involved, would be regarded as law-breaking; e.g., excessive punishment of children by parents, anti-social practices of commercial undertakings." Crime statistics are "the accounts that the State compiles of the actions of its agencies concerning those acts which the law proscribes." - Hale
Crime statistics are a range of ways of measuring crime, which gives information about how many offences there are in a particular place and over a particular period of time,…
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