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

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Date: May 26, 2004
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For example, a political emphasis on a certain type of crime that has recently had a large amount of media attention, can provoke the police to ?crack down' on that particular type of crime, giving the impression that more types of crimes are being committed, when it is in fact more of a representation of the behaviour of the police...

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This refers to the argument put forward by Maxfield et al., (1980), that instead of being associated with representing criminal activity, official crime statistics are more successful at portraying the behaviour and performance of the police force. Another factor that decreases the usefulness of official statistics in representing the true extent of crime is the fact that legal definitions of what is and what isn't a crime, can evolve over time...

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