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The Extent to Which Sociologists Agree that Official Criminal Statistics Do Not provide an Accurate Picture of the Extent in Terms of Offense The official crime statistics on there have are okay to some degree, they provide some accuracy on the crime statistics but they don't show the whole picture, there is still a great deal of offense that is not reported (that is known as the hidden figure). Additionally self report studies give better images into the general public about criminal statistics. Self reported studies have been confidential surveys that ask individuals to tick boxes off from a list. From this a clear picture is created and therefore the statistics can tell the truth. Though official crime figures may seem to show the whole picture about offenses committed, they have to be treated with concern. Crime recorded by the authorities represents only a biased picture of the whole amount of crime committed. Many difficulties begin when contemplating whether the official criminal statistics tell us the facts or not. I will explore these problems within my essay. .