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Is there a crime wave?

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Is There a Crime Wave? You are a criminologist and it's your task to account for the rise in the crime rate: Factors to consider are: * Increasing Crime * Increased Reporting of Crime * Increased Recording of Crime But which had the most telling effect on augmenting crime rates? (*Hint: My argument is a tricolon crescens) The Increase in crime? Throughout the duration of the twentieth century, the preponderance of crime comprised of violence or sexual assault, and as general crime has risen, violent crime has also boarded this unrelenting fray train. The 5 % proportion of violent crime (which had been reported) has risen slightly to 6 % of all crimes of all crimes. Fortunately the ratio of murders to population has actually fallen in the last 100 years. In the 1800s there were 15 murders per million people. ...read more.


The British crime survey, which is a victim survey, showed that slightly over half of all crimes reported to the police in England and Wales were recorded. This essay shall focus on how useful victimization studies are in uncovering the dark figure of crime, dark figure referring to offences not captured in official statistics. One reliable survey in 181 suggests that there were three times more thefts than were actually reported to the police and twelve times as much vandalism. So crime is certainly higher than statistics suggest. However and this may seem like a contradiction but it's not, the dark figure is actually getting less, i.e. the gap between actual and reported crime is narrowing. So burglaries definitely went up substantially, but it was because an increasing population was more convicted in reporting these crimes. The Increase in reported crime? ...read more.


Until 1977, when an incident of vandalism was reported to the police, the officer taking the report had to make his or her own decision whether the damage was major (defined as over �20 worth of damage), or minor (under �20). If it was under �20 it was not recorded in crime statistics. In 1977 this distinction was removed and all reported incidents got into the crime statistics. In a single year, therefore, the official records show that vandalism more than doubled, and added an extra 150,000 to previously unrecorded offences to the criminal statistics. The Verdict As I hinted at the start, the extent of these factors was stated as a tricolon crescens. It is unquestionable (in my mind) that crime recording must be most significant to their lack of documentation. With modern technology limitless data can be stored, but back in the 1800s recording every crime would've been unviable, therefore I conclude that this was the ambrosia that have fuelled crime rates to modern extents. ...read more.

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