Essay on Crime Data Collection Data Collections

780 Words Feb 1st, 2016 4 Pages
To narrow down exactly which crime data collection data gives the most reliable representation of crime rate in the United States I had to rule out which ones I knew where not. With all great sound arguments one must lead with the process of elimination first. So to begin this journey I first researched the three most profound data collections: Uniform Crime Report (UCR), The National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS), and The National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS).
The first choice was easy to rule out. The NCVS was simply the most unreliable all though it gave the most information, it simply is not the most reliable. According to Siegel et al. (2015), a “weakness of self-report surveys are that they rely on the honesty of offenders and they omit offenders who refuse or are unable to participate and who may be the most deviant.” (pg. 36) another major problem with the NCVS is that it relies strictly on the honesty of the offender and given the source they are not always the most reliable source.
At this point I was able to easily narrow it down to two however these two seemed impossible to decide between after looking at the data I decided to ask a couple cops I know that work on campus which one they thought gave the most reliable data. When asking them I was surprised by their answer. They said “What was NIBRS?” So I explained to them what it was and they read my textbook to because they wanted to know just exactly what it was since they never heard of…

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