Crime statistics

Crime statistics

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Crime statistics

  • Reasons for why crime might not be recorded:
  • For crime to be reported police must know about it.
  • Some victims are unaware of crime (small children)
  • Some complaints are not answered for more private matter such as domestic violence at a school, college or university.
  • Some deviators may become victims themselves (Drug dealer get beaten up while selling drugs)
  • Some crimes may be embarrassing, victims are reluctant to report. 
  • Some crimes may not be reported as victims wants to protect their image.
  • Why are some crime statistics exaggerated? :
  • Radical prejudices against a certain group of people.
  • To cover-up more serious problems such as political treason or scandals (Create a moral panic as a distraction)
  • Make an example of a crime an where society needs to improve.
  • To create media impact.
  • Draws the attention of the police.
  • Reality is too simple- therefore leading to exaggeration.
  • To show the police is doing its job
  • Human error.
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