Crime rates refer to the collection and publication of data on criminal offending, usually measured in rates per 1,000 or per 100,000. The use of rates as opposed to raw numbers allows researchers to determine the prevalence of specific crimes within a defined population or jurisdiction. Such rates are particularly useful for measures of crime over time as well as for the comparison of specific crimes or crime types between two or more different populations.

Measuring Rates of Crime

Official Data. The first systematic attempts to record and measure ...

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