First-generation immigrant judgements of offence seriousness: evidence from the crime survey for England and Wales

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Los, Greg, Ignatans, Dainis and Pease, Ken 2017. First-generation immigrant judgements of offence seriousness: evidence from the crime survey for England and Wales. Crime Prevention and Community Safety. https://doi.org/10.1057/s41300-017-0019-2
AuthorsLos, Greg, Ignatans, Dainis and Pease, Ken
Abstract

This exploratory paper delves into differences and similarities in the rated seriousness of offences suffered by victims of different national origins. The issue is important because a mismatch between police and victim assessments of seriousness is likely to fuel discord. It was found that first-generation immigrants did not differ in their rating of the seriousness of offences against the person from either the indigenous population or according to region of birth. However, those of Asian origin rated vehicle and property crime they had suffered as more serious than did other groups about crimes they suffered. The anticipated higher seriousness rating of offences reported to the police was observed for all groups. People of Asian origin reported to the police a smaller proportion of offences they rated trivial than did people in other groups. Analysis of seriousness judgements in victimization surveys
represents a much-underused resource for understanding the nexus between public perceptions and criminal justice responses.

KeywordsEvidence-based policing Crime seriousness Harm; Immigration; Evidence-based policing; Crime seriousness; Harm victimization
Year2017
JournalCrime Prevention and Community Safety
PublisherSpringer
ISSN14603780
17434629
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1057/s41300-017-0019-2
Web address (URL)http://hdl.handle.net/10545/624445
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Publication dates17 Mar 2017
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Accepted10 Jan 2017
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ContributorsUniversity of Kent, University of Huddersfield and University College London
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