• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

As crime statistics are compiled in two ways, or maybe more, the public do get affected, as they do not know what figures to accept or believe. It is obvious that people would like to believe that the statistics, which show the least amount of crime

Extracts from this document...


Assignment 1.1 The Criminal Justice System is one of the most important tools available to society for the control of anti-social behaviour. The criminal justice system needs to prove a balance between punishing the guilty and protecting the innocent being found guilty; however it is not as easy to convict those who are guilty of committing crimes. There have been many miscarriages to justice where innocent people were sent to prison. Many people have been affected by crime, this is due to statistics, which show the various number of crimes committed in particular areas. Crime statistics are compiled differently by different forces which is notoriously unreliable. There are two ways of measuring crime, through police figures, which reflect recorded crimes and through British Crime Survey (BCS) figures, which questions people in England and Wales about their experiences as victims. ...read more.


Under the new rules, officers must record a crime anything that is reported as a crime. In the past, if an officer thought that someone was lying (hoping for compensation perhaps) or thought that the crime was not as major as murder for example, then he or she did not nee to record it. If the Government do succeed in the new system of compiling statistics then crime statistics may become increasingly reliable. This is because all crime is recorded, no matter how big or small the crime is. However the statistics may not necessarily be entirely true, as many people may not report their crime to the police. The majority of the crime not being reported is due to the fear within oneself, or victims may not think that the crime they have been involved in was minor. ...read more.


If more people report crime, statistics will gradually become reliable. Even if people believe that a theft of an insured mobile phone is not a major crime to be reported, one may believe that it is necessary to report this crime so police can record it, which means that statistics will be more accurate. Official crime statistics may not be entirely reliable however, it does keep the public aware of crime either increasing or decreasing in particular areas. Crime will probably never stop, so it will be very difficult to believe what statistics are true. If the Government change the existing ways of calculating figures, then hopefully statistics will become reliable, however, it also depends on the police, as they need to record all crime. Matters can be improved if more victims have the confidence to report crime and of all crime is recorded by the police; this should hopefully give accurate, reliable statistics. ?? ?? ?? ?? Vishala Tailor Law Unit 1.1 - Crime and Statistics ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Crime & Deviance section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Crime & Deviance essays

  1. How Accurate are Official Crime Statistics?

    These however were criticised because they lack validity, generally they were only issued to young people, particularly young, males, who generally tend to exaggerate their actions, to build street cred and look "cool" and "tough" or who lie and do not admit to crimes, for fear of being caught.

  2. Describe the meaning of official statistics, victim surveys and self-reported studies as ways of ...

    Studies such as that of Steven box, (1981) have added validity to this method of recording. Box rejects theories that some groups' particularly young working class men are more likely to commit crime than any others are. Different classes may commit different types of crime but this dose not necessarily

  1. Outline and asses the different ways of measuring crime

    As a large sample, taking into account all convicted crimes in the country it is able to be generalised and display trends of criminal activities across the country, or even in specific areas. On the other hand Reiner's study showed that only 2% of all reported crimes actually appeared as a crime statistic.

  2. Does the media heighten fear of crime?

    draw attention to the fact that within self report surveys, women report a higher level of fear than men. However, with reference to their own statistical data, they highlight that for men, though not for women, reported levels on fear of crime are inversely related to scores of a so called 'lie scale'.

  1. Burglary as a Hazard

    House prices could be an indicator as to the amount of crime in the area, although it will not give specific numbers or exact locations. This is assuming that the house prices fall as the crime rate increases because the demand for the houses decreases.

  2. Official Crime Statistics Analysis

    British Crime Survey Left Realists Young, Lea & Matthews: prefer victim survey, which asks peoples' experiences of crime and whether in the last year they have been a victim. Merseyside & Islington crime surveys: victims of crime are likely to be the poor or helpless.

  1. Using the example of violent crime show the strengths and weaknesses of police recorded ...

    Statistics show that vehicle crime is 22% more likely to be reported than violent crime (Barclay 1995 p9). Another weakness of the BCS when looking at violent crime is that it cannot effectively cover murder as it relies on victim interviews.

  2. In what ways did the nature and causes of crime change between 1450-2002, and ...

    Many people didn't even se smuggling as a crime. Magistrates did not often convict smugglers and witnesses did not usually give evidence for fear of attack. Smuggling reached its highest point during the 1700's, but in the 1800's governments cut import duties so good could be bought for a cheaper price.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work