What factors might lead this data for the two campuses to be either similar or different across the two campuses?  Identify and discuss at least three factors and how they might impact the data.   

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In this assignment, you are asked to compare and contrast

these three sources of data regarding crime: official statistics, victimization surveys, and self-report surveys.

Answer the following questions in complete sentences, paragraph form BASED ON EACH OF THESE THREE SOURCES.


  1. Identify how each source of data is collected.      Your answer should include who is responsible for collecting the    data source, what information is collected by each data source, and how often each source of data is collected.
  2. Identify and describe at least three strengths of each source of data.
  3. Identify and discuss at least three weaknesses of each source of data.
  4. Discuss how human actors might impact each source of data and what impact does this potentially have for our knowledge of crime and the operation of the criminal justice system.
  5. Do the different sources of data provide a similar picture of crime to each other in regards to race/ethnicity, gender, and social class?  Explain.
  6. Obtain official crime data for the last 3 years from UT Arlington and one other campus in the DFW area. This              information can be obtained using the UTA 2020 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report link/site: https://police.uta.edu/public-info/annual-reports/index.php (Links to an external site.) -OR- https://police.uta.edu/_docs/reports/2020_Clery%20ASR%202017-2019_ADA%20Accessible_w%20Attachments_Final.pdf (Links to an external         site.)  Do not call UT Arlington’s Police Department for this information.  Write a brief summary of the number of   index crimes that have occurred on the UT Arlington campus and on the other campus in the DFW area in the last     3 years.  Be sure to identify what other campus used.
  7. What factors might lead this data for the two campuses to be either similar or different across the two campuses?  Identify and discuss at least three factors and how they might impact the data.
  8. Based on this data, do you think that UT Arlington is more or less safe than the other campus you examined?  Justify your answer.

Here are some tips you may want to consider…

1. You may want to do an internet or library search to find out information regarding the sources of data mentioned; part of the assignment is for the student to research the information.

2.  It would be a good idea to answer the questions in order and place in paragraph form. There is no page limit for this assignment. Your statements should be well thought-out and comprehensive.

3.  Human actors can be the participants and/or the surveyor.

4.  Some questions have more than one part to answer, explain or justify; you may want to make sure you answer            thoroughly to receive full credit.

5.  No need for APA/MLA format or citations- simply answer the questions.

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