PATTERNS OF CRIME AND DEVIANCE
- sociologists get much of their information about patterns & trends in crime from the OCS. (official crime statistics).
- these statistics are based on: crimes reported by victims and the general public, crimes recorded by the police, crimes detected or solved by the police and crimes reported to the BCS (british crime survey).
- BCS is thought to provide a more realistic picture of household and personal crime than the OCS because it includes crimes that are not reported to the police.
- the OCS are used to establish trends and patterns in criminal activity, especially to do with: the volume of crime, the…