Data From The Gss On Victimization And The Uniform Crime Reporting Survey

895 Words Nov 14th, 2016 4 Pages
Although the data from the GSS on Victimization and the Uniform Crime Reporting Survey (UCR) both note trends on crime rates in Canada, the two surveys have many differences including survey type, scope, coverage and source of information. Methodological differences between these two processes of measuring crime produce complementary data that together provide a more comprehensive picture of criminal activity in Canada. Since 1962, Statistics Canada has began collecting police-reported crime data annually through the establishing Uniform Crime Report Survey. The crime rate is calculated by the sum of all Criminal Code incidents reported by the police, divided by the population for comparison across geographic regions. At first, it seemed to be great source of displaying the crime rates in Canada, however criminologists began to discover the ‘dark figure’ of crime and recording. This realization brought up criminal victimization through the General Social Survey conducted every five years starting in 1988. According to victimization data from the GSS, in 2004, about two-thirds of criminal activity experienced by the citizens of Canada was not reported to the police (36%) UCR p.18. The most common reason cited for not reporting was that the incident was not considered important enough. Neither of these sources on its own can provide a Gestalt illustration of criminal incidents in Canada. Police-reported data capture only those crimes reported and recording by the police.…

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