Open Access Editorial

Measures of Crime: A Pressing Issue for the Future of Criminology

Hugo S Gomes*

Research Centre on Psychology (CIPsi), University of Minho, Braga, Portugal

Corresponding Author

Received Date: November 22, 2018;  Published Date: December 03, 2018


“Measurement is the basis of all science” [1, p. 70]. Regardless of the subject matter, whether in physics or chemistry, psychology or criminology, every scientific discovery has a measurement process attached. A process that can be more or less complex, depending on the accuracy intended and, of course, the complexity of the object in question. In the particular case of criminology, where crime is the fundamental object of study, researchers struggle with a variable that is inherently difficult to measure.

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