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Official Crime Statistics And Their Strengths And Weaknesses

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Official crime statistics are measured mainly in one ways which is police recorded crime and it has its own strengths and weaknesses. Unofficial measurements, just like official crime statistics, also have their own strengths and weaknesses. Unofficial measurements can be seen through two major data sources which are social science and private agency records. The social sciences can be seen through victimization surveys and through self-report studies. The legal definition of crime is: ‘A violation of a law in which there is injury to the public or a member of the public and a term in jail or prison, and/or a fine as possible penalties.’ (TheFreeDictionary.com, 2015). Crime statistics are used by the police (to monitor their efficiency), Politicians (to formulate policies), Criminologists (to understand crime that is taking place) and the General public (who will mainly go to the media to find out their information, but they still have access to the crime reports). This essay will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of both official crime statistics and unofficial crime statistics.

The main ways in gathering official crime statistics is through police recorded crimes. These are then requested by the British home office. The police recorded crimes are easy to conduct as it is the police making a record of the crimes that have been recorded to them. Police recorded crimes make I easier to judge the effectiveness of the 43 police forces that take part in submitting their

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