Crime reporting lacks precision, and it is nearly impossible for an individual to ascertain the amount of crime is happening within a country owing to factors such as underreporting and falsification of reports. However, the government relies on a variety of data collection methods, including victimization surveys, self-report surveys, and uniform crime reporting. While these reports are different and use various ways of collecting data, some are more effective than others, and serve the principle service of providing information to the government. This paper evaluates five data collecting methods used in criminal justice.
Uniform Crime Reporting
The UCR program was initiated in ...