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NCJ Number: 75710 Find in a Library
Title: Measuring Crime
Journal: Bureau of Justice Statistics Bulletin  Dated:(February 1981)  Pages:complete issue
Author(s): P Klaus
Corporate Author: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: 1981
Page Count: 4
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
Washington, DC 20531
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This Bureau of Justice Statistics bulletin outlines the crimes that are measured and the methodologies that are used for the two major crime measurement programs: the Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) program and the National Crime Survey (NCS).
Abstract: The bulletin lists the crimes that are measured by both programs, the similarities and differences between the two listings (murder and arson, for example, are not included in the NCS), and definitions of NCS and UCR crimes. The bulletin also tells how the NCS is conducted, the kinds of data that are provided by the survey, and the uses of these data in such projects as estimating the costs of victim compensation programs or determining the kinds of special programs needed for elder victims of crime. In addition, the survey questionnaire, sampling, and quality control procedures are described. The compilation procedures of the Uniform Crime Reports program, initiated in 1930 by the International Chiefs of Police (IACP) are presented, including the use of standardized definitions, the sources of Crime Index offenses, the reporting of index crimes and arrest data, procedures for ensuring accuracy, and the use of geographic data. The use and construction of crime rates are also discussed briefly. Eight footnotes and seven references are included.
Index Term(s): Crime Statistics; National crime surveys; Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program
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