You work at a university and have been assigned to assist a team of criminologists who are visiting from another country. They will be conducting research on crime in the United States, and they are confused by the several different crime reports that are available. You have been asked to instruct them on the features, pros, and cons of the Uniform Crime Reports (UCRs), the National Incident Based Reporting System (NIBRS), and the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS).
Create a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation that compares these three crime reports. For each of the three, include as complete a description as possible. Which crimes does it cover? How do the report’s authors obtain their data? Are there any shortcomings that a researcher should be aware of before using data from one of these reports?
One of the researchers intends to write an article that documents the number of violent crimes committed in the United States but not reported to the police. Indicate in your presentation which report would be the best source of data for her to use and why.
Try to limit your slides to bullet points and brief sentences wherever possible; if you wish to explain in greater detail, use the “Notes” feature in Microsoft PowerPoint. Your presentation should consist of 8–10 informative slides plus a separate slide for references. Visit the Federal Bureau of Investigation website and locate the page titled “Crime in the United States 2015.” Find the data for your city or town. Use the “Metropolitan Statistical Area” data. Look for “Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV M.D.”