Assignment Instructions For this assignment you need to prepare a community crime profile. Ideally, this should be a rural community. This exercise will give you practice and understanding of where to go to access crime and other social data and compile a community profile which you will find valuable in your future career. Ultimately, you need to provide a profile that describes your community's crime rate/crime problem and social structure. 1. Describe the community that you have chosen i.e. the physical location and features; the economic base; population size and any other key features. (The local council website will have this information). Take the time to learn about your chosen rural community, not just in terms of crime (through that is important), but more broadly speaking; What are the positive attributes of this community? What are the main problems this community faces? 2. What is the crime rate in this community and what are the main crime problems? You may find a crime prevention plan on the local council website which will give you some background for this section. However, you should access the most recent crime data for your community. For those of you whose chosen community is in NSW, access the Bureau of Crime Statistics (BOCSAR) crime data for Local Government areas summarise the data and compare and contrast crime rates with other similar LGA's or state averages. For those of you in other states, go to your relevant state official crime statistics website (please note: As you will learn in this unit, data on crime in rural communities is now always easy to come by. This may necessitate the choice of a rural community on which you can find crime data: o Western Australia o Victoria o Queensland o South Australia o Tasmania 3. What are the social characteristics of this community? Access ABS Census data to identify factors related to social disorganisation: such as economic stability (i.e. income levels, unemployment rates), ethnic homogeneity (% born overseas; % speak another language at home), family stability (% sole parents, % couple families etc); residential stability (e.g. % people at same address since last census). To access 'QuickStats' click here and enter your community (e.g. name, post code etc.). For more detailed information click here for Community Profiles and enter your community. 4. Then discuss/critique social disorganization theory as to its relevance for explaining crime in your community. If you do not think the theory relates to your community, are there other theoretical explanations for the crime rates in your community? *If you need a refresher on social disorganisation or theories of crime in rural communities more generally see Topic 3: Community and Crime. Accessing these data sources is REALLY easy and simple. You do not need to be a maths graduate to complete this assignment. You only need to use some basic percentages or you can present the data in a table. However if you have trouble, please contact me. I am here to help.