Learning Objectives

After reading this chapter, you should be able to:

3.1 Describe the main strategies used to measure the amount of crime occurring in the United States

3.2 Compare and contrast the various crime measurement strategies

3.3 Identify three crime patterns that characterize the distribution of various offenses

3.4 Explain why crime varies across time and space

3.5 Describe juvenile offending trends and the aging-out phenomenon

3.6 Discuss three reasons why it is believed that men commit more crime than do women