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NCJ Number: 147916 Find in a Library
Journal: Criminology  Volume:32  Issue:1  Dated:(February 1994)  Pages:135-148
Author(s): R R Bennett; R B Wiegand
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 14
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Literature from developed countries hypothesizes that crime reporting practices vary by level of incident- specific, victim-specific, and environment-specific correlates.
Abstract: To date, these correlates have not been used to investigate crime reporting behavior in developing countries, nor have they been explored simultaneously. The current research effort attempted to fill this void by analyzing data from a household victimization survey conducted in Belize. Data were collected from a random sample of approximately 5 percent of the households in Belize City. A crime reporting model based on research findings from developed nations, especially the United States, was tested. Contrary to prediction, findings from the Belize sample were generally similar to those reported in developed countries. Incident-specific correlates played a significant role, individual-specific correlates played a minor role, and environment-specific correlates played no role in inducing citizens to report crime to the police. Factors that affected crime reporting in Belize did not appear to be conditioned by the particular social structure of policing in that country. 28 references, 13 footnotes, and 2 tables
Main Term(s): Foreign crime statistics
Index Term(s): Central America; Citizen crime reporting; Crime in foreign countries; Developing Countries; Foreign police; Police statistics; Victimization surveys
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