Length 500 words at least
Crime trends are formed from reports of crimes that have already occurred.Areas are mapped and marked with what time and what type of crime occurs over a specific period of time (a large database is used a record that holds a full year of information is more accurate than just a few days a week or a month).
There is one fundamental problem with reported crime. The shortcoming in any analysis of crime is what criminologists call the dark figure of crime. The total amount of crime consistsof the followingtwo things:
Crimes not knownto the police may happen because they were undiscovered unreported or not recorded properly by the law enforcement department. One aid to help with the dark figure of crime is self-reported victimization surveys; yet they still do not pick up all ofthe unreported crime.Some surveys are sent to homes and only the head of the household fills it out and this person may not know that a crime has been perpetrated on his or her spouse or child.Therefore the notation of this crime happening will be overlooked.In a self-reported study one may not consider the event a crime.These crimes will not be noted in any statistics.These are the dark figures of crimecrime that is happeningyetitisnot reported.
Given what you now know about crime mapping discuss the dark figure of crime again answering the following questions:
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