Title: A discussion of the usefulness of official crime statistics and other types of crime information.

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Subject: Social Issues
Author: Michael B
Date: April 14, 2014
Level: University
Grade: A
Length: 7 / 2096
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The second half of the essay looks two types of alternative crime data; victimization surveys and qualitative data. Here the key point is drawn from the work of Coleman & Monynihan (1996: 21), that these types of data provide an alternative, rather than a directly comparable, overall picture of crime to that offered by police statistics: ?fuller' than the later in some respects, but ?narrower' in others...

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Although they are accredited for being ?official', criminologists and sociologists are keen to emphasize that they should be viewed with a critical mindset. Two fundamental theories relating to this critical view of official statistics: ?the tip of the iceberg' and the ?dark figure' of crime, relate to the argument of the existence of a vast number of unrecorded crimes, hidden away from the official statistics...

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