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Examining the Relationship between Crime Rates and Clearance Rates Using Dual Trajectory Analysis

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dc.contributor.advisor Lum, Cynthia
dc.contributor.author Vovak, Heather
dc.creator Vovak, Heather
dc.date.accessioned 2017-01-29T01:13:03Z
dc.date.available 2017-01-29T01:13:03Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1920/10536
dc.description.abstract Police agencies dedicate large amounts of resources, and place a great deal of importance, on criminal investigations and solving crimes. However, very stable clearance rates over time in the U.S., coupled with highly fluctuating crime rates begs the question of whether there is actually a relationship between these efforts and crime rates. Specifically, if police improve their ability to solve crimes, does this have any effect on crime rates over time? A deterrence relationship might indicate that an increase in clearance rates leads to a decrease in crime rates. However, while some prior research indicates evidence of a deterrent effect when examining the relationship between crime rates and clearance rates, other research using various methods has found that crime and clearance rates move in the same direction, or have found no clear relationship between crime and clearance rates.
dc.format.extent 123 pages
dc.language.iso en
dc.rights Copyright 2016 Heather Vovak
dc.subject Criminology
dc.subject Clearance rates
dc.subject Crime rates
dc.subject Deterrence
dc.subject Dual trajectory analysis
dc.subject Police
dc.title Examining the Relationship between Crime Rates and Clearance Rates Using Dual Trajectory Analysis
dc.type Dissertation
thesis.degree.level Ph.D.
thesis.degree.discipline Criminology, Law and Society
thesis.degree.grantor George Mason University


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