This edited collection illuminates the weaknesses and strengths of crime reporting across a wide range of countries, with a focus on democratic countries in which the police bear some accountability to citizens. In one compendium, for the first time, this book documents how different countries record (or fail to record) crimes. With chapters written by native authors who are experts on the practices of their respective countries, the book explores practices in 15 different countries across the globe.

Organized with a parallel, country-by-country approach, the book describes and analyzes methods police use to record crimes, with the awareness that the counting of crimes is not only an issue of empirical measurement, but also one of social construction. Crime reporting practices vary widely by country. In some cases, reports are not taken, and in others, reports are carefully based on preliminary investigations. Willful manipulation of crime reports can and does occur, and the book explores related factors such as political pressure, personal ambition, community safety, and more. Discussion questions at the end of each chapter help the reader evaluate the significant issues influencing each country. The editors conclude by suggesting best practices for crime reporting and the collection of crime data. A unique addition to this book is a foreword by Tofiq Murshudlu, the Head of Drugs and Crime for the United Nations in Vienna.

The book is intended for a wide range of audiences, including policing scholars, law enforcement and community leaders, and students of criminal justice.

chapter 1|15 pages

Collecting Police-Recorded Data in Austria

A review of the current state of play

chapter 2|15 pages

How France Counts Crime

A shared interest in bad accounts

chapter 3|10 pages

Counting Crime in the Isle of Spice

A review of the Royal Grenada Police Force

chapter 4|11 pages

Counting Crime

An exercise in police discretion report from India

chapter 6|17 pages

Crime Statistics

To measure is to know, but do more with less

chapter 8|11 pages

How Portugal Counts Crime

An exercise in police discretion

chapter 11|15 pages

Police Data in Spain

Still a grey landscape

chapter 14|50 pages

A Web of Deceit

Police crime statistics of England and Wales

chapter 15|14 pages

Crime Reporting in the United States

Truth or consequences