Understanding crime incidence statistics : why the UCR diverges from the NCS / A.D. Biderman, J.P. Lynch.

By: Biderman, Albert DContributor(s): Lynch, James P. (James Patrick), 1949-Material type: TextTextSeries: Research in criminology: Publisher: New York : Springer-Verlag, c1991Description: xii, 132 p. : ill. ; 25 cmISBN: 0387970452 (alk. paper); 9780387970455 (alk. paper); 3540970452; 9783540970453Subject(s): Criminal statistics -- United States -- Evaluation | National crime survey report | Uniform crime reports (Washington, D.C.)Additional physical formats: Online version:: Understanding crime incidence statistics.DDC classification: 364/.042/015195 LOC classification: HV6787 | .B53 1991Other classification: MS 6380
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 123-128) and index.

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Collected annually by the FBI from local police jurisdictions, the Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) consist of data on serious crimes, e.g., homicide, robbery. The National Crime Survey (NCS) consists of data collected in victimization surveys of the general public, i.e., on crimes committed against them. These two systems are intended to give a picture of changing trends in crime. However, they sometimes give contradictory conclusions one suggests that rates are increasing while the other indicates the opposite. Biderman and Lynch argue that the discrepancies are due to differences in definitions, in units used for the crime counts, and in the population bases for the rates. They further assert that although the two systems can be revised and improved so that the differences are reduced, the NCR and the NCS must be seen as complementary and not competitive each having a somewhat different function. Most useful to graduate and professional readers.-D. Harper, University of Rochester

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