History & Trends of Crime in the United States


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In which report can police departments choose whether or not to report their crime statistics for inclusion?

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1. Which report is collected every six months by the U.S. Census Bureau?

2. Why did crime rates rise during the 1920's and the early 1930's?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The United States measures crime rates in two main ways and analyzes different patterns of crime waves during which these rates are heightened. This quiz and worksheet combination will ask you about these different measurement systems, and specific instances of elevated crime.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz will test you on:

  • The era in which organized crime was most prevalent
  • What time period had the highest crime rates
  • Which report is compiled by the U.S. Census Bureau
  • The report to which police departments may send their crime statistics

Skills Practiced

Prepare to practice the following study skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on the history of crime in the United States
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the current status of America's crime rates
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to determine which reports specific information regarding crime is sent to

Additional Learning

Review the accompanying lesson, History & Trends of Crime in the United States, to learn more about this topic. This lesson will address the following objectives:

  • Explain why societies measure crime rates
  • Identify the two criminal justice reports used by the United States
  • Define aggregate statistics in regards to crime
  • Describe crime rates in the 1920s and 1930s
  • Analyze the 'War on Crime'
  • Review crime statistics in the 1980s and 1990s
  • Understand the status of crime rates in the 21st century