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Crime Statistics

A few basic questions on crime statistics for A2 Sociology revision

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What is the 'dark figure' of crime? The large amount of criminal activity which never appears in the crime statistics
What are the three main sources of information used by criminologists to measure the amount of crime in the UK Police Recorded Crime/ British Crime Survey/ Self-Report Studies
What is meant by the term 'crime statistics are socially construted'? They are the result of social processes - showing us the number of crimes reported and recorded rather than the actual number of crimes
What does the term 'cuffing' refer to? Where the police make crimes disappear by downgrading them - e.g. theft to lost property
According to the BCS what crime has a 90% reporting rate and why might this be? Vehicle Theft - necessary to report if you want to claim on the insurance
Created by: realsociology