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

Greg Los, Dainis Ignatans, Ken Pease

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This exploratory paper delves into differences and similarities in the rated seriousness of offences suffered by victims of different national origin. 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 r 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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)151-161
Number of pages11
JournalCrime Prevention and Community Safety
Issue number2
Early online date17 Mar 2017
Publication statusPublished - May 2017


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