The Uniform Crime Reports And National Crime Victimization Survey

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The FBI’s UCR Program, which began in 1929, collects information on the following crimes reported to law enforcement authorities: murder and non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson. Law enforcement agencies report arrest data for 21 additional crime categories.
The NCVS collects information on crimes suffered by individuals and households, whether or not those crimes were reported to law enforcement. It is estimated the proportion of each crime type reported to law enforcement, and it summarizes the reasons that victims give for reporting or not reporting (Planty & Langton, 2003).
Both the Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) and the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) are designed to gather and report on the United State 's national crime rates. While both have their limitations and therefore inaccuracies, one difference between the UCR and NCVS is that NCVS is far more likely to be inaccurate due to its methods of collecting data.
The UCR is a cooperative effort of nationwide law enforcement agencies to report on national crime statistics. According to the FBI 's "Summary of the Uniform Crime Reporting Program," every month, "18,000 city,
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(Mosher, C., & Miethe, 2002).
Improving UCR and NCVS
Efforts are underway to improve the reliability of the URC reports, for instance recognizing the need to have more detailed crime information and law enforcement called for thorough evaluation analysis to improve the reliability of the URC. The introduction and implementation of National Incident Based Reporting System are also a measure aimed at improving the reliability of the URC (Catalano,

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