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NCJ Number: NCJ 180081     Find in a Library
Title: Piecing Together the Cross-National Crime Puzzle
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Author(s): Jan van Dijk ; Kristiina Kangaspunta
  Journal: National Institute of Justice Journal  Dated:January 2000  Pages:34 to 41
Date Published: 01/2000
Page Count: 8
  Annotation: This article examines the challenges in understanding how crime varies across countries.
Abstract: To develop a deeper understanding of how crime varies across countries, HEUNI, the European Institute for Crime Prevention and Control affiliated with the United Nations, regularly analyzes criminal justice data collected by the UN from its member states. The latest analysis focused on the differences among European and North American countries and was based on the Fifth United Nations Survey on Crime Trends and Operations of Criminal Justice Systems 1990-1994, as well as on data from the International Crime Victim Survey. This article discusses three of the eight crimes that HEUNI studied: (1)property crime; (2) violence and corruption in Central and Eastern Europe, Western Europe; and (3) North America. The article reviews the pitfalls of using international statistics as well as sociological and behavioral factors related to crime, comparing crime in three regions and framing the international debate on crime reduction. It also includes selected country-specific findings. Notes
Main Term(s): World criminology
Index Term(s): Surveys ; International crime statistics ; Victims of Crime ; International cooperation ; Multinational studies ; US/foreign comparisons ; Cross cultural comparisons ; United Nations standards ; Foreign crime statistics
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