pattern of crime

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  • Created on: 04-12-12 10:42
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  • The pattern of crime
    • use of crime statistics
      • for comparison with previous years to discover trends in crime
      • to look at the police clear up rate to measure police efficiency
      • to show where the police should concentrate resources to reduce crime
      • to provide the public with information on crime pattterns
    • the source of crime statistics
      • police recorded crime- detected and reported by the police
      • victim surveys- survey victims of crime
      • self report studies- anonymous questionnaires  which people are asked to own up about crimes they habe commited
      • court and prison records
    • trends in crime
      • 1. from the 1930's to the early 1950;s there was a gradual rise in recorded crime with a steeper rise between the 1950's and the early 1980's/
      • 2. crime in england and whales peaked in 1995 since when it has fallen by 48% according to BCS.
      • 3. the apparent increase in police recorded crime after 1999/2000 is due to changes in the methods the home office used to record and count crimes.
      • 4. the  crime level now seems to ave stabilised
    • pattern of offending
      • crime is most commited:
        • in urban areas
        • against property (80% of all crime)
        • by young people (half of all those convicted are 21 or under peak age for crime being 18 for males and 14 for females.


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