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RDC News: April 2017

Uniform Crime Reporting Survey and New data sets at RDC

Apr 01, 2017

Upcoming hours changes, we will have the following changes to our usual hours:

• Closed all day on Good Friday -

Friday April 14th.

• Closed all day on Easter Monday -

Monday April 17th.


New data sets at the RDC:
In the upcoming weeks we will be receiving new data sets and surveys at the McMaster Research Data Centre. Please see the information below. Researchers interested in accessing these data sets are encouraged to submit proposals!

Uniform Crime Reporting Survey
The Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Survey was designed to measure the incidence of crime in Canadian society and its characteristics. UCR data deflects reported crime that has been substantiated by police. Information collected by the survey includes the number of criminal incidents, the clearance status of those incidents and persons-charged information. The UCR Survey produces a continuous historical record of crime and traffic statistics reported by every police agency in Canada since 1962. In 1988, a new version of the survey was created, UCR2, and is since referred to as the "incident-based" survey, in which microdata on characteristics of incidents, victims and accused are captured.

This survey is a census with a cross-sectional design. Data are collected for all units of the target population, therefore no sampling is done. The respondents are Police Services, with more than 1,000 separate police detachments comprising 184 different police forces responding to the survey. The response rate in terms of police respondents complying with the UCR Survey is virtually 100 percent.

This data provides information for municipal, provincial, and federal governments in terms of crime analysis, resource planning, policy and legislative development, evaluation of new legislative initiatives, and international comparisons. The UCR also offers information on the nature and extent of police-reported crime and crime trends in Canada. Researchers interested in crime, justice, and criminal offences may find this a useful data set.

For further details on this data set, please go to the information page at the Statistics Canada website

The McMaster RDC is now accepting proposals for work with this data. For information on the application process, please visit: