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Comparison of Crime Data Reports
Ruby Herrera
March 29, 2011
Frank Ortez

Comparison of Crime Data Reports
Dating back hundreds of years ago, people in all areas of the world began committing crimes. These crimes started off as miner offenses that eventually led to more extravagant ones throughout the years. In 1929, the International Association of Chiefs of Police needed a more reliable form of crime statistics that would help protect the people. These statistics let agencies know where more security, staff, and surveillance needed to be placed. By the1930s, the FBI was chosen and began collecting, publishing, and archiving crime statistics, which eventually became known as The Uniform Crime Reporting Program (UCR) for short (The Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2011). When compiling crime statistic information, it is crucial that people know what they are looking for. One must first select a crime to compare it to different metropolitan areas like New York and Washington D.C. Individuals must make sure that they can answer a variety of questions to obtain full comprehension of the statistics. They need to know the answer to questions like, which area had more reported accidents? What were the rates of crime for each individual area? Did the rates change over time in either area as well as what factors attributed to the differences in the rates of crime? Once accomplished the solutions to solving the crime become an easier task. Murder is a crime that is and will always be well known all over the world. It is something that is herd in the daily news, which needs to be reported as part of the UCR. When comparing the occurrence of murder rates to New York and Washington D.C. in the year 2009, New York had the highest crime rate (NY FBI, Uniform Crime Reports, 2010). New York’s crime rate was a whopping 778 while Washington D.C.’s was 144 murders that year. One of the main differences that can be seen is that New York’s population...
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