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Publication Measuring Crime

Patsy A. Klaus, Bureau of Justice Statistics

February 1, 1981    NCJ 75710

The bulletin lists the crimes that are measured by both programs, the similarities and differences between the two listings (murder and arson, for example, are not included in the NCS), and definitions of NCS and UCR crimes. The bulletin also tells how the NCS is conducted, the kinds of data that are provided by the survey, and the uses of these data in such projects as estimating the costs of victim compensation programs or determining the kinds of special programs needed for elder victims of crime. In addition, the survey questionnaire, sampling, and quality control procedures are described. The compilation procedures of the Uniform Crime Reports program, initiated in 1930 by the International Chiefs of Police (IACP) are presented, including the use of standardized definitions, the sources of Crime Index offenses, the reporting of index crimes and arrest data, procedures for ensuring accuracy, and the use of geographic data. The use and construction of crime rates are also discussed briefly. Eight footnotes and seven references are included.

Part of the Criminal Victimization: National Crime Victimization Survey Series

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