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Crime Data Comparison

GEN 314: Criminology
March 9, 2015

Crime Data Comparison study within two Tennessee Metropolitan Cities
Utilizing the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Uniform Crime Reporting Program (UCR), this paper will compare burglary crime statistics between two metropolitan cities within Tennessee. This paper will discuss which area had more reported burglary incidents, what were the rates of crime for each area, did the rates change over time in either area, and what factors might explain the differences in the rates.
FBI Uniform Crime Reporting
The FBI Uniform Crime Reporting Program was created by the FBI in 1929 as an official crime data-gathering program covering the entire United States. It was developed from a national initiative by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), whose goal was to develop a set of uniform crime statistics for use by police agencies and policymakers (Schmalleger, 2012, p.235).
Under the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting program burglary is defined as an unlawful entry of a structure to commit a felony or theft. The use of force to gain entry does not have to occur to be classified as an offense to burglary. Additionally, burglary is broken into three sub classifications: forcible entry, unlawful entry where no force is used, and attempted forcible entry. A “structure” is defined as an apartment, barn, house trailer or houseboat when used as a permanent dwelling, office, railroad car (but not an automobile), stable, and vessel (Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2007).
Tennessee Metropolitan Cities Chosen
This paper will compare burglary crime data from the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting program for 2007 and 2012 from Memphis and Nashville Tennessee. These cities were chosen for their relative closeness in population and proximity, roughly 200 hundred miles apart from one another.…...

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