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Uniform Crime Report (UCR) data

Using the Uniform Crime Report (UCR) data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) website, select one index offense (such as burglary) in two metropolitan areas Choose metropolitan areas that have very different data. Write a 700 to 1000 word APA formatted and referenced paper comparing the occurrence of that index offense in the two selected areas. Your paper should identify the number of occurrences of your selected index crime known to the police for each of the two areas and answer the following questions:
a.Which area had more reported [insert your selected index crime]?
b.What were the [insert your selected index crime] rates for each of the two areas?
c.Did the [insert your selected index crime] rates change over time in either area?
d.What factors might explain the differences in [insert your selected index crime] rates?

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It seems that the assignment is somewhat straightforward about where to begin, but let's look at it more closely. You know what your source material is -- the UCR from the FBI. You can access that for 2007 at Then you are required to pick a crime that is described and reported in it. Your instructor uses burglary as an example, so let's assume that you choose to discuss burglary, just for illustration purposes. You can find burglary data by clicking on "property crime" on the page linked above. Now, you have to be able to read and interpret the data. Look at the data listed under Metropolitan Statistical Areas -- the assignment is asking you to select 2 of these that have very different data -- for ...

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Uniform Crime Report (UCR) data is applied.