Do you agree with the issues and challenges of collection methods in criminological research as described in the article? Why or why not?

Assignment)Read “Innovative Data Collection Methods in Criminological Research.” ” ”

Do you agree with the issues and challenges of collection methods in criminological research as described in the article? Why or why not? How can these methods be applied to the work you are undertaking in this course?

Remember to post on at least two classmates’ threads. React to their opinions and share your thoughts with them.
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Peer 1 Wayne) I do agree with the issues and challenges of collection methods in criminological research as described in the article. The very first challenge the article mentions is the availability of data. It mentions how it is difficult to collect data on crime because by its nature is done covertly and largely not observable in action. Most crimes are already committed and the police respond and investigate subsequently. The article also mentions it is hard to know offender motivations and the offending process because they are not observable. Perhaps surveying some past criminals or conducting interviews can give you some insight however you would be relying on that criminal to give honest answers.

The challenge mentioned in the article that faces local police departments such as my own, is even if the data is available we don’t necessarily have the technology to analyze it in the best possible way. Large police departments may use COMPSTAT or other programs however in my experience smaller departments rely mostly on officer observations and running there in house systems for number of calls for service, number of arrests and number of citations. Little analysis is done on any of the underlying problems such as socio economic situations. Thus problem solving is mostly trial and error and only targets the symptoms of the problem. Saturation patrols, hot spot policing and zero tolerance policing usually only temporarily relive the symptoms. More emphasis needs to be done on the analysis of the underlying problem and the assessment of whether or not the response to that problem has been successful.

According to the article the top three methods of collecting information are surveys, the use of archival data, and official statistics. I have already used these methods in module 1 work. Although the agency I have chosen does not conduct surveys, I have access to surveys through some of my chosen references which are textbooks used for police promotional exams. Although these surveys are not specifically about my agency’s problem, they provide insight into what could be causing the problem and why. They also provide information useful in developing a strategy to combat the problem. Archival data from both the agency and research is used to show what has failed and what has worked in the past. Official statistics can be used to give visible numbers associated with the problem including demographic statistics, crime statistics, and trends.

van Gelder, J.-L. V. (2014). Innovative data collection methods in criminological research: editorial introduction. Retrieved from Crime Science Journal:

Peer 2 Miche’el ) n regards to data collection methods in criminological research. I do agree with the authors. There are now many tools available to anyone who is interested in doing criminal research. I don’t see any challenges with collecting information for criminal research.

The methods I would use for this project will more likely be use of google map and the internet. I wasn’t aware of the google map so I googled my address and was blown away at seeing my home. The image was captured October, 2016. So in using this type of map I am able to look at different neighborhoods and get an idea of what is like. The use of the internet, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. “These sites in novel and unique ways to network, exchange information, and execute and record criminal activities.” (Banner, 2017)


Banner, F. (2017, March 29). Methodological Approaches to Studying Crime and Popular Culture in New Media. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Criminology. Ed. Retrieved 10 Mar. 2019, from


Journal assignment )
Watch Are You a Psychopath? Take the Test ( ) and read Chapter 1 of The Wisdom of Psychopaths textbook
(Without Conscience: The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths Among Us
Robert D. Hare
The Guilford Press

Resources. Answer the following questions.
1. What would you do in Scenario One? Why?
2. What would you do in Scenario Two? Why?
3. Compare the reaction of an average person to that of a psychopath.
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