CITIZEN REPORTING OF CRIME Some National Panel Data

WESLEY G. SKOGAN*

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Abstract

The decision to report criminal victimizations to the police is an important determinant of the capacity of the criminal justice system to fulfill its mandate. This report analyzes the individual‐level determinants of crime reporting, using data generated by the 1973 National Crime Survey conducted by the Bureau of the Census. It examines the impact of three characteristics of victimizations upon their reporting probability: the attributes of their victims, the nature of victim‐offender relationships, and the seriousness of the offense. Only the latter appears to be of major significance, although youthful victims are substantially less likely than their elders to report their experiences to the police. The reasons that nonreporters give for their inaction appear to be quite rational, reflecting the probability that anything will come of their cooperation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)535-549
Number of pages15
JournalCriminology
Volume13
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1976

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Law

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