Crime statistics, patterns and trends


A level


8m 20s
In this podcast we explore the evidence behind the construction of crime statistics. We look at how factors like the dark side of unreported and recorded crime distort the reality of criminal activity.

1. Listen carefully to the podcast and make careful notes of key concepts and any key thinkers. 

2. Why are sociologists largely critical of the accuracy of official crime statistics?

3. Outline the strengths and weaknesses of victim surveys

4. Explain how Ciçourel’s concept of ‘negotiation’ distorts official crime statistics

5. What weaknesses are there with self-report studies?

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