Topics: Crime, Criminology, Theft Pages: 5 (844 words) Published: April 20, 2015

APRIL 20, 2015
The Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program is a nationwide cooperative effort of over 16,000 cities, county and state law enforcement agencies voluntarily reporting data on crime brought to their attention. This program was develop in 1929 by the International Association of Chiefs of Police provide reliable crime statistics for the nation. Each year, several statistical publications are attain and the information, which has been selected by several thousand law enforcement agencies across the United States is design and inputted into the uniform crime report database. This analysis can help determine whether the crime rate is under control or if it is out of control. Being able to compare occurrences of offenses reported and the area in which it was reported will help in determining which states and cities have a higher rate of crime. When a city has a higher crime rate they are able to keep it under control or try to by having more police in the area to lower these rates. The crime I chose was robbery and the two metropolitan areas would be the metropolitan divisions of Chicago. I am comparing this to the metropolitan divisions of Philadelphia. The rates in each of these areas do vary a lot and by comparing these rates will show which area has a higher crime rate and what can be done to lower these rates. Chicago VS. Philadelphia

The two cities I chose to compare crime rates are Chicago and Philadelphia. The reason I picked these two cities is because of the high amount of population along with crimes committed every day. The crime that I am comparing on both cities are robberies within the city and see which has more based on population within a two year comparison. Many times I hear on the news or even from family about the amount of crime they see where they live and hear on

the news. In 2012 Chicago’s population averaged about 2.7 million people, where Philadelphia averaged about 1.5 million people. According to the (UCR) Uniform Crime Report, Chicago had more crime reported then Philadelphia did. In 2013 Chicago had an average population of about 2.7 million and, Philadelphia had a population of 1.5 million, but each year the amount of crimes were different to what of last year’s numbers. The types of crimes that are being reported to the Uniform Crime Report include violent crimes such as murder, rape, property crimes, burglary, larceny, robbery, aggravated assault, motor vehicle theft, and arson. Rates of Crimes

In 2012, the amount of robberies reported in Chicago were 13,476 as where Philadelphia reported 7,984 robberies. With robberies at that number for the year, it averages out to about 36 burglaries a day throughout the whole year for Chicago and an average of 21 burglaries for Philadelphia a day. Now in 2013 the average amount of robberies were 11,815 which were an average of 32 robberies a day where Philadelphia had 7,562 with an average of 20 robberies a day. As far as the data shows Chicago had the highest crime rate for burglaries within the year of 2012, and 2013. Though Chicago and Philadelphia were very close in range for the amount of robberies committed within the year. By looking at population Chicago has much more than Philadelphia does which means you will have a higher crime rate when there is more of a overpopulation. From one year to the next with both Chicago and Philadelphia it shows that the crime rates did go down with Chicago having a bigger decline on robberies than Philadelphia did.

Crime is crime and it can happen anywhere but it seems as if there is a higher population in a city you are going to have higher crime rates. By having the Uniform Crime Report available can give you a better understanding of what crimes happen and in the different areas, you are also able to find out where there are higher crime rates and try and figure out a...

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