How we measure crime


Measuring crime and criminality

'Crime' can not be measured with complete accuracy- all sources of data have + and -

The 2 main official sources of crime data:

Police recorded crime & National Crime Surveys

Crime statistics are socially constructed- we can prosuce reasonable and reasonably reliable estimates of levels and trends.  


Composed of categories of crime outlined in Home Office Counting Rules (notifiable offences). Violence against person, sexual offences, robbery, burglary, theft etc.

Legislation- Race Relations Act 1976, Health Act 2006

Incidents or crimes? What gets recorded


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