Discussion: Researching Crime Statistics

Discussion: Researching Crime Statistics.

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Learning Resources

Required Resources


Mallicoat, S. L. (2016).
Crime and criminal justice: Concepts and controversies. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

  • Chapter 3, “Defining and Measuring Crime” (pp. 46–75)

Crime and Criminal Justice: Concepts and Controversies, by Mallicoat, S. L. Copyright 2016 by Sage College. Reprinted by permission of Sage College via the Copyright Clearance Center.

Federal Bureau of Investigation. (n.d.). Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program. Retrieved July 27, 2018, from

Bureau of Justice Statistics. (n.d.). Data collection: National crime victimization survey (NCVS). Retrieved July 27, 2018, from

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. (2018). Data. Retrieved from


Milgram, A. (2013, October). Anne Milgram: Why smart statistics are the key to fighting crime [Video file]. Retrieved from

Note: The approximate length of this media piece is 13 minutes.

Walden University Library. (2018). Library webinar archives: Evaluating resources webinars [Multimedia file]. Retrieved from

Watch the webinar,
Evaluating Resources: What About Stuff I Find on the Internet? Knowing When to Use and Trust What You Find on the Internet, on this page.

Note: The approximate length of this media piece is 60 minutes.

Discussion: Researching Crime Statistics

The Uniform Crime Report (UCR) and the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) are two important sources for understanding how crime is measured and viewed in the United States. The UCR presents the number of arrests and crime rate, while the NCVS gathers data from victims on the type of crime experienced and whether it was reported to police.

Oftentimes, the reality of crime—as displayed in these data sources—does not align with public perception. For this Discussion, you access and analyze key crime statistics for your community or the area in which you work. You also compare those statistics with your perception of crime and safety as a community member.

To prepare:

Locate crime statistics for your community. Be sure to allow yourself time to conduct this research.

By Day 3 of Week 3


  • Report the statistics for the 8 Type 1 index offenses in your community, including the identification of your community and a reference for where you found your statistics.
  • Explain whether the statistics match your perceptions. Explain the reasons for differences or similarities between the perception and reality of crime in your community.
  • Recommend one way in which you could address this difference between crime perception and statistics. Support your suggestion with examples from professional experience or with evidence from the learning resources.

By Day 5 of Week 3

Respond to two colleagues:

  • Explain how your colleague could help their community, or other communities, bridge misperceptions about crime.

Discussion: Researching Crime Statistics