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The Social Distribution of Crime
Key Questions
1. Do crime statistics give a true picture of crime?
2. Are people from different age groups, classes, ethnicities and gender groups treated
equally when it comes to crime?
3. Is there any link between location and criminal activity

Key Information
Crime statistics…

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In 2002 over 36,000 surveys were conducted
Certain crimes are excluded due to low reporting such as murder, drug possession or
dealing, fraud, offences against businesses
Self-Report Studies
Anonymous questionnaires which ask respondents if they have committed a crime over
the past year
They are usually based on self-completed questionnaires…


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