Crime Statistics And An Accurate Representation Of Crime Essay

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Official crime statistics constitute of the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW), as well as crimes recorded by the police. Crime statistics are compiled and presented by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The CSEW invites 50000 people, aged 16 and over, to partake in the survey; a separate survey is taken for young people aged 10 to 15. Survey results are used by the government in conjunction with statistics from police recorded crime (CSEW, 2015:online). Although these figures are helpful to an extent, crime statistics fail to provide an accurate portrayal of the level of crime. The objective of this essay is to discuss the method in which statistics are collected, explain why they are an inaccurate representation of crime, and finally evaluate improvements that could be made to improve accuracy.
Initially, it is important to compare the results of the CSEW and police records. In 2015, the CSEW estimated that 6.5 million incidents occurred against adults and households. This statistic indicated an 8% decrease to the previous year (ONS, 2015:online). The government use this information by viewing the areas where crime has increased or decreased, in order to know where to focus their attention. These statistics contrast with the results from police records. Police records indicate that 4.3 million offences occurred; this was a 5% increase from the year before. It is visible that the CSEW reports a larger number of crimes than the police. The distance between…

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