Measuring crime & deviance: official stastics

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1. What is the estimate of how many crimes make it through the reporting proccess

  • For every 100 crimes commited, only 47 reported to police, 27 recorded by police, only 5 cleared up in form of caution/conviction
  • For every 100 crimes commited, only 47 reported to police, 37 recorded by police, only 20 cleared up in form of caution/conviction
  • For every 1000 crimes commited, only 47 reported to police, 27 recorded by police, only 5 cleared up in form of caution/conviction
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2. The OCS may not be useful - what are exmples of this?

  • General public more intolerant of property crime as more materialistic -report theft more, juvenile crimes - deviancy amplification spiral, victimless crimes like soft drug use/prositution less reported -depend on police detection -varies by area
  • General public more intolerant of violent crime as more individualistic -report theft more, juvenile crimes - deviancy amplification spiral, victimless crimes like soft drug use/prositution less reported -depend on police detection -varies by area
  • General public more intolerant of property crime as more materialistic report theft more, juvenile crimes - deviancy amplification spiral, victimless crimes like soft drug use/prositution more reported -depend on police arrests -varies by area

3. What factors make people more likely to report a crime

  • Work benefit to it eg compensation, have faith in police ability to get positive result
  • Personal benefit to it eg insurance, have faith in police ability to get positive result
  • Public benefit to it eg fame, have faith in police ability to get positive result

4. What factors show the role of the police in the recording of crimes?

  • Seriousness of crime, social status of victim not high enough, Classifying crimes by officers affects seriousness, Discreation only 10% offenses uncovered chance of arrest based on demeanour polite/rude, Promotions & realtionships -comradeship
  • Seriousness of crime, social status of criminal not low enough, Classifying crimes by officers affects seriousness, Discreation only 10% offenses uncovered chance of arrest based on demeanour polite/rude, Promotions & realtionships -comradeship
  • Seriousness of crime, social status of victim not high enough, Classifying crimes by officers affects seriousness, Discreation only 10% offenses uncovered chance of arrest based on demeanour polite/rude, Promotions & realtionships -not friends

5. When & where do we get official stastics from?

  • Records kept by the police - published every 12 months
  • Records kept by the police - published every 6 months
  • Records kept by the courts - published every 6 months

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