Learning Objectives

2.1 List the primary sources of criminologists’ crime data.

2.2 Summarize the strengths and weaknesses of the Uniform Crime Reports.

2.3 Distinguish the National Incident-Based Reporting System from the Uniform Crime Reports.

2.4 Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of crime victimization survey data.

2.5 Identify areas of agreement between the UCR and NCVS.

2.6 Describe the strengths and weaknesses of self-report crime surveys.

2.7 Define crime mapping and explain how geography can influence crime.

2.8 Explain how criminologists measure white-collar crimes committed by organizations.

2.9 Define the dark figure of crime and identify the types of crimes unlikely to be reported to the police.

2.10 Provide examples of how different sources of crime data can resolve criminological arguments.