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Changes in reporting of crime

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Mass media
The rise of this along with new media has lead to people having moral panics over certain offences and over certain groups which increases the amount of reporting to police. Furthermore the public are more demanding on firm police action
More Sophisticated Police
The advancements of DNA, forensic science and CCTV has meant that more criminals are likely to be caught
Argues that the breakdown of close knit COMMUNITIES has meant increasingly police are used for issues that traditionally would have been dealt by themselves
People are more asset rich so they have this and In order to claim compensation from insurers if a burglary has occured they need to report the crime. This has meant that more people are reporting crimes