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Q: Why is it important to collect information about demographic characteristics and circumstances about offenders, victims, and crime?
A: The two primary purposes of crime statistics, to measure the "amount" and "distribution" of crime, it is clear that there has been, and will probably continue to be, [ discrepancy among the estimates of the amount of crime that are generated by the variety of crime statistics. The dark figure of crime may never be completely illuminated, the reporting practices of victims will probably remain
erratic, and the recording of crimes by authorities will continue to be less than uniform. However, the ultimately more important purpose of crime statistics is the measurement of the distribution of crime by a variety of social, demographic, and geographic characteristics. Fortunately, the major sources of crime data?crimes known to the police, victimization surveys, and self-report surveys?generate similar distributions and correlates of crime, pointing to convergence rather than discrepancy among the measures of the basic characteristics of crime and criminals. The problems associated with each of the data sources remain, but they diminish in significance because these imperfect measures produce similar perspectives of crime. ]
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