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There are many problems associated with the police recording of crime statistics the main problem being that many crimes go unreported As an alternative it was suggested that a cross section of the population should be asked about the crimes that have been commited against them It was argued that more people would be likley to report crimes to an anonymous survey than to the police There are several reasons why so many crimes go unreported Some people may be too shocked or ashamed to report a crime such as in cases of rape Some may be in fear of reprisal or may be protecting the offender such as in cases of domestic violence Other victims may think that the crime is too trivial or that the police would not be able to help anyway Apart from crimes that are not reported there are also crimes that are not recorded by the police It is estimated that only 40 of reported crime is recorded Therefore victim surveys are important to give a more realistic understanding of crime The British Crime Survey BCS is now conducted on an annual basis on approximatley 15000 households The sample is designed to be as representative as possible selecting households from all over the country The BCS in 1998 discovered that only one in four crimes are reported to the police car theft is the most likley to be reported 98 whilst most other crimes have a report rate of less than 50 of all crimes vandalism is the most under-reported The crime being too trivial is the most commonly given reason for not reporting crime It also discovered that most crimes are property crimes However there are some problems with the BCS The most obvious one being that as a victim survey it misses out crimes that have no victims such as fraud and corporate crime When it is considered that there is more mony lost from this type
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