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Title: A crime index with Thurstone's scaling of crime severity
Authors: Kwan, YK
Ip, WC
Kwan, P
Keywords: Crime index
Perceived seriousness
Crime vignettes
Crime typologies
Paired comparisons
Scale value
Issue Date: 2000
Publisher: Elsevier
Source: Journal of criminal justice, 2000, v. 28, no. 3, p. 237-244 How to cite?
Journal: Journal of criminal justice
Abstract: In constructing a weighted crime index for Hong Kong, the Thurstone's method of paired comparisons was used to assess the perceived relative seriousness of fifteen crime typologies. A telephone survey was conducted to collect data on respondents' judgment on the seriousness of the fifteen crimes. The weights of the fifteen crimes constructed were then used to build up a time series of weighted crime index (WCI). The WCI performs differently from the unweighted crime index (UNCI) during the period 1976 to 1982. The validity of the weights has been tested and the WCI is considered as a better indicator of crime intensity.
ISSN: 0047-2352
DOI: 10.1016/S0047-2352(00)00039-8
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