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Mismeasuring Crime: A Technical Note with Far-Reaching Implications
Mismeasuring crime: A technical note with far-reaching implications
International Crime Figures Available

The traditional source of information on levels and trends of crime are court statistics on convictions for criminal offenses. In the 20th century, these court statistics were supplemented by statistics of crimes known to the police. Since around 1950, most industrialized countries regularly publish statistics on the numbers of various types of crime recorded by their national police. In most countries, crime recording is in the hands of different police forces, each applying its own definitions and counting rules. This institutional factor has made standardization of these statistics at the national level a difficult process. To overcome such problems, the United States introduced the so-called Uniform Crime ...

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