skip navigation


Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.


NCJ Number: 166916 Find in a Library
Title: Understanding Crime Data: Haunted by the Dark Figure
Author(s): C Coleman; J Moynihan
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 188
Sponsoring Agency: Open University Press
Buckinghan, MK18 1XW, England
Publication Number: ISBN 0-335-19518-0
Sale Source: Open University Press
Celtic Court
22 Ballmoor
Buckinghan, MK18 1XW,
United Kingdom
Type: Overview Text
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This text explains crime statistics, with emphasis on the development, limitations, and uses of the three main sources of crime statistics in England and Wales and selected major issues in the interpretation of these statistics.
Abstract: The text is intended both as a guide for those with little background on the topic and as a reference for experienced researchers and criminal justice professionals. It explains the theoretical and historical development of criminology; examines the issue of unreported crime and offenders; and describes the nature, sources, and uses of official statistics, self-report studies; and victimization surveys. It also discusses offender statistics, with emphasis on the variables of age, sex, race, and class, and explores the difficulties involved in interpreting short-term and long-term trends in the crime rate. The text also assesses what crime data indicate about the relationships between unemployment and crime and presents an evaluation and prognosis of the field of crime statistics. Figures, tables, glossary, index, and approximately 250 references (Publisher summary modified)
Main Term(s): Foreign crime statistics
Index Term(s): Criminology; Data collections; Data integrity; England; Police statistics; Self-report studies; Victimization surveys; Wales
Note: Open University Press Crime and Justice Series
To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.