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NCJ Number: NCJ 241050     Find in a Library
Title: Estimating the True Rate of Repeat Victimization From Police Recorder Crime Data: A Study of Burglary in Metro Vancouver
Author(s): Richard Frank ; Patricia L. Brantingham ; Graham Farrell
  Journal: Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice  Volume:54  Issue:4  Dated:October 2012  Pages:481 to 493
Date Published: 10/2012
Page Count: 13
  Annotation: This study examined a new methodology for use in developing truer estimates of the rate of repeat victimization than had previously been observed through police data.
Abstract: Predictive policing seeks to allocate scarce resources where and when they are most needed. Yet analysis is often based on recorded crime data that typically understate the concentration of crime at the same places or against the same people. This study outlines a means of developing more accurate estimates, termed the Recorded Repeats Adjustment Calculator (RRAC), and applies it to burglary data for Metro Vancouver. Whereas repeat burglaries constituted 20 percent of recorded burglaries, after adjustment they were half of burglaries. Moreover, households with five or more burglaries accounted for less than 1 percent of recorded but, after adjustment, one in five actual burglaries (21 percent). These results are closer to those found by crime victim surveys but still likely to be conservative. The study aspires to produce a tool for analysts that produces more accurate information on crime's concentration and, thereby, more informed crime control efforts. (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Multiple victimization
Index Term(s): Prediction ; Crime prediction ; Criminality prediction ; Victimization surveys ; Criminal Justice System Response to Victims ; Victimization risk ; Victims of violence ; Attitudes toward victims ; Violence prediction ; Canada
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Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Country: Canada
Language: English
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