The Hierarchy Rule : Single Crime Incident

951 WordsOct 12, 20154 Pages
In regards to the hierarchy rule: single crime incident in which multiple offenses are committed, only the most serious offense is reported (Siegel, Larry J., 2006, p 38). Arson is the only exception; it is always reported to the FBI. For example, if an offender robs and murders a victim, only the murder will be reported. Shouldn’t both acts of crimes be reported? Since both occurred at the same time to a victim. Not what this data source concludes. The hierarchy rule affects international crime rate comparisons too not just only in the United States; due to the matter other countries include each crime in a multiple-offenses incident in their statistics (Siegel, Larry J., 2006, p 38). The UCR does not collect all relevant data; it only collects crime details about the victim, the offender, and the circumstance only for homicide cases which is one of the programs strengths that is consistent (Siegel, Larry J., 2006, p 38). While on the other hand UCR omits crime not reported to police, most drug usage, and contains reporting errors due to lack of knowledge or details from the law enforcement agencies (Siegel, Larry J., 2006, p 38). From that perspective with UCR the NIBRS was develop to capture the missing pieces to the puzzle that was not address in the UCR. National Incident Based Reporting System In 1982 the National Incident Based Reporting System (NIBRS) was implemented to improve the quality of crime data collected by law enforcement by capturing detailed
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