National Crime Survey

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National Crime Survey
Kristina Shearer
Everest University Online
CCJ1017_28

NATIONAL CRIME SURVEY
The National Crime Victimization Survey is the Nations primary source of information on criminal victimization. Each year data is obtained from about 40,000 households and nearly 75,000 people on the frequency, characteristics, and consequences of criminal victimization in the United States. Each household is interviewed twice a year. The survey allows The Bureau of Justice Statistics to estimate the likelihood of victimization by sexual assault, robbery, rape, household burglary, assault, theft, and motor vehicle theft for the population as a whole as well as for segments of the population such as women, the elderly, members of various racial groups, city dwellers, or other groups. The National Crime Victimization Survey provides the largest national forum for victims to describe the impact of crime and characteristics of violent offenders. [ (National Crime Victimization Survey, 2011) ]

If I were to be asked to join this survey, I would give all honest answers. There is nothing for me to hide, I am doing nothing wrong. I think that they may actually be bored by my life and decide not to use my answers. I do not think that my life could tell them anything about crime or the characteristics of it. I have seen a lot of things in my life, but I have never been a part of them. I have always chose not to go that route, my children and my life are more important to me than to sit in a tiny jail cell thinking about the would haves, should haves, and could haves.

I am led to believe by reading my textbook that this survey is based only on what is reported from the people who take the survey. If these people are lying about their selves are others in their household and what they are doing then the survey could be completely thrown off. If just one person lies then that would throw the study of by I’m guessing 1-2% and for some people that could mean life or...
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