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Measures of Property Crime (2012 Data)

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Select a crime and write a report addressing the following:
Summarize the statistics from the last two reporting years. Be sure to include demographic information such as ethnicity, race, age, gender, marital status, employment status, socioeconomic group, etc., and moderator variables related to the crime.
Examine the reliability and validity of these statistics. Are they accurate? Why or why not? Be sure to discuss how age, gender, race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic level are related to offending and representation in the criminal justice system.
Explain whether certain populations are overrepresented in the statistics. If so, why?
Write a 3-4-page report in Word format. Apply APA standards to citation of sources include citations

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Hi and thank you for using Brainmass. The solution below should get you started. For a 3-4page paper, you will need at least 600 to 800 words. I suggest using this simple outline:

1. About the Crime under Study- 200 words
2. Statistics & Source - 200 words
3. Reliability and Validity of Resource as well as demographics of offending - 200 words
4. Overrepresentation of subsets and reasons - 200 words

This outline should give you what you need. Just let me now via the feedback section if you need further clarification. You can also use the listed resources to further explore the topic. All the best with your studies.

AE 105878/Xenia Jones

Crime Review: Property Crimes

According to Anderson (n.d.), "Crimes against property have been a central concern in many societies and cultures throughout history. In the United States, the term property crime typically refers to the criminal offenses of burglary, larceny, fraud, embezzlement, forgery, motor vehicle theft, and arson (sic) Other less known property crimes include pick pocketing, counterfeiting, and shoplifting (a type of larceny). Since the range of activities included- in the property crime definition is vast, the term should be viewed as a representation of offenses that describe material-based criminality in society." In property crimes, the crime is committed against a property, an object owned by an individual or an entity and not on people. There are, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, levels of crime against property. Anderson (n.d.) explains them as follows, "The bureau defines index-one property crime as burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson. Index-two offenses include bribery, counterfeiting and forgery, vandalism, embezzlement, extortion, and fraud. While the FBI defines property crime in this way, the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) does not include arson in its definition." From the FBI's standpoint thus, arson is considered crime against property. While statistics for property crime according to the FBI (2015) has gone down 3.7% in 2012 with trends holding (which is the opposite of violent crime as it has gone up to 3.2% in 2012), fact is there was 8.9 million ...

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