Measuring Crime

Identify some reasons that jurisdictions or criminal justice officials might alter crime statistics.

Define the dark figure of crime.

Summarize the advantages and limitations of the Uniform Crime Reports.

Compare and contrast the National Incident-Based Reporting System and the Uniform Crime Reports.

Discuss the reasons for the creation of the National Crime Victimization Survey.

Outline the advantages and disadvantages of self-report studies as tools to measure crime.

Explain how the reporting and measuring of crime can affect the development of criminological theory and public policy.