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Crime Data Comparison
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Utilize FBI Uniform Crime Report data and select one offense, such as burglary, in two metropolitan areas.

Choose metropolitan areas with different data.

Comparing the occurrence of the offense in the selected areas. Identify the number of occurrences reported to the police for each area, and address the following questions:

- Which area had more reported incidents?
- What were the rates of the crime for each area?
- Did the rates change over time in either area?
- What factors might explain the differences in the rates?

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The reported offenses in two different metropolitan areas are determined. Crime data comparisons are given.

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The National Incident-Based Reporting System: Research and Policy Applications. By: Maxfield, Michael G. Journal of Quantitative Criminology. Jun1999, Vol. 15 Issue 2, p119-149. 31p

Different systems are used to analyze crime data throughout the country with the Uniform Crime Reports being the main prototype for analyzing crimes committed across the nation. In addition to the UCR, The National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) and the National Crime Victimization Survey are also used to analyze crime data and both of these offer new sources of data for measuring crime that attempt to account for the shortfalls of the UCR. NIBRS NIBRS data can address research and policy questions outside the scope of the Uniform Crime Reports and the National Crime Victimization Survey.

This summary will represent comparisons of the three sources of crime data used to analyze crime patterns in the United States and how states are able to produce data. The data is not as reliable as most would wish because of the many loopholes that are present within the system. All three forms of crime data analysis have various problems with ...

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