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Global Trends and Regional Profiles
Global trends and regional profiles
Global Trends in Common Crimes

The analysis of global trends in crime over time is handicapped even more than cross-sectional comparisons by a lack of reliable data. The Interpol data on police-recorded crime go back to 1950 but cannot be reliably used to analyze trends for the reasons discussed in Chapter 2. International trend data based on crime victimization surveys are available only since the inception of the International Crime Victim Surveys in 1988.

With the release of the results of the fifth sweep of the ICVS, some conclusions can now be drawn about trends in crime based on survey research among populations over a time span of almost 20 years. Data are now available from ICVS studies ...

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