USR & Crime Rates

Because of the many ways in which media and entertainment sensationalize crime, is it easy for the general population to believe that crime is on the rise? Let’s take a look at what criminological data indicates.

  1. Carefully read the box “Causation and Declining Crime in New York City” (p. 64-65).
  2. Use the internet to find the Uniform Crime Reports and determine whether crime rates are actually rising or declining.
  3. Discuss your findings and the factors that have affected the crime rates.