Individual victims of crime as objects for social research

Date of publication: December 1, 1977

Abstract:

Implementing social indicators is a new approach to estimate the well-being of a population. One of the focal concerns is the public security and administration of justice. The number of reported crimes is declining in Denmark more people are afraid of going out in the evenings and walking alone. The argument is that the statistics do not indicate the real level of crime because not all crimes are reported to the police. Studies of victims of crime can help estimating the dark figure of crime and identify groups with high and low victimisation rates. Two victim surveys have been carried out with representative samples of the Danish population aged 15 years and more.

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