The Formidable Challenge of Measuring Crime
The general public is generally under the impression that crime can be easily and reliably counted in much the same way that inches of rainfall or snow, hours of sunshine, traffic or labour accidents, are counted. And although people may occasionally exhibit some scepticism regarding crime figures or crime rates they are usually unaware of how difficult it is to measure the real incidence of crime and have little or no knowledge of the wide gap that separates official crime statistics from true crime figures.
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