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Crime Surveys and Victims of Crime by Laurence Koffman

Crime Surveys and Victims of Crime


Crime Surveys and Victims of Crime by Laurence Koffman

This full length study provides a basic account of the rationale and content of victimization surveys; it examines the value of crime/victim surveys and deals with the shortcomings of official statistics gathered by the police. Unlike police figures, victimization surveys are able to study the effects of crime and the social variables which are associated with a high risk of victimization. Crime patterns, repoorting trends, the use and abuse of statistics, attitudes towards the police, fear of crime, and lessons for crime prevention are all examined within this text. Both nationwide and regional surveys are analysed.


, . . an excellent example of its type and, in particular, provides a concentration upon those specifically rural dimensions which are most often missing within an urban-dominated literature . . . These, and a wealth of other findings, make this modestly-priced book a rewarding as well as informative investment for any probation library. -Probation Journal

About the Author

Lawrence Koffman is a reader in Law at the Centre for Legal Studies, University of Sussex, Brighton.

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Publication date

1st September 1996


Laurence Koffman

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University of Wales Press


174 pages


Criminal investigation & detection
Social research & statistics



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