Outline and assess the usefulness of victimisation surveys as a method of measuring crime (A grade)

Hello all, this was the first essay I ever wrote for a2 sociology, so don't be too harsh! :) Hope it will be helpful as it did get an A grade, but it could do with some polishing. But there is some good background information in there.

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Outline and assess the usefulness of victimisation surveys as a measurement of
crime.

Victimisation surveys are a useful method in estimating the extent and patterns of crime.
Before the 1970s, we relied on the government publication "Official Statistics" for data on
crime, but we can now gain information on unreported/unrecorded…

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extent to which the poor are more likely to be victims of crime. Marxists disagree with
official statistics as they paint the picture that the poor are the perpetrators of crime and
the rich are the victims. Positivists take a scientific view of society, and believe that
everything that happens…

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