The Uniform Crime Report And The National Crime Victimization Survey

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From the day our government began to keep an accounting of criminal activity, there have been arguments over crime statistics. The Uniform Crime Report (UCR), Self-Report Surveys (SRS), and the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) are three methods in which the government collects data, and monitors criminal activity in the United States. The Uniform Crime Reports, Self-Report Surveys, and the National Crime Victimization Survey each have both positive and negative attributes that have influenced different aspects of society.
“The Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) provides official crime totals for the United States since 1929. It is a program of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The UCR Program is a voluntary city, university and college, county, state, tribal and federal law enforcement program that provides a nationwide view of crime based on the submission of statistics by law enforcement agencies throughout the country. Data is collected on known offenses and persons arrested” (Sutherland, 1947). The Uniform Crime Reports are summarized and published annually. These statistics are a reflection of crimes reported to the FBI by local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. Although it can be considered as judicious for police administrators to gather and measure crimes in order to determine the growing rate of crimes and to identify those affected by them, relying too heavily on statistics can be misleading. The strengths of the UCR are that it has the…
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