The Uniform Crime Report And Crime Statistics

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The Uniform Crime Report represents police reported crime statistics. It includes a number of reported offences, actual offences, offences cleared by charge, and offences cleared otherwise (Morden, H. K. and Palys, T., 2015). The police-reported crime statistics best represent the positivist perspective. It is not biased, and complete, accurate, and standardized to facilitate temporal and spatial comparisons (Morden, H. K. and Palys, T., 2015). It also believes that Criminal Code reflects society’s collective social values, and therefore considers crime statistics generated by the criminal justice system and governmental agencies such as Statistics Canada unbiased measures of societal crime and criminality (Morden, H. K. and Palys, T.,…show more content…
“It did not ask police to report victim or incident characteristics, had limited number of offence codes, and had no ability to add offence codes for new crimes (such as cybercrime) created through legislation” (Morden, H. K. and Palys, T., 2015). Due to the fact that the Uniform Crime Report is reported by the police, there has to be a witness that is willing to call the police and report the crime. In many cases, because of cultural differences, the crime may not even be recognized as illegal (Morden, H. K. and Palys, T., 2015). For example, “money is stolen from a person, but that person doesn’t recognize it or think that he/she might have lost it” (Morden, H. K. and Palys, T., 2015). Even after the police decides to respond to the crime, the police can decide whether or not they want to clear this case according to the seriousness of the crime. In some cases, the police let go of the offender because they don’t think it’s worth it to write a long report on it (Morden, H. K. and Palys, T., 2015). In the end, the official statistic is reduced as a result of the crime funnel, which is the number of cases that are filtered out in the criminal justice process (Morden, H. K. and Palys, T., 2015). Besides the Uniform Crime Report, there are other ways to measure crime. The victimization survey “in which a sample of citizen is asked to answer information about experiences with crime and the criminal justice system” using a cross sectional
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