He said that Coroners create a definition of a typical suicide and then categorise individual deaths according to that social construction.
Heidensohn says that the police have a powerful ‘canteen’ culture, which has elements of masculinism, authoritarianism, intolerance of ethnic minorities, a desire for excitement and strong notions of law enforcement.
They will therefore categorise acts as criminal on the basis of these perceptions
Becker pointed out that delinquent boys were less likely to be charged if they behaved with a sufficiently cooperative and pleasant manner and if they were seen as basically ‘good’ than if they were aggressive or hostile.
Burglary, robbery, or sexual assault had touched a third of all households within the last twelve months.
Feminists and victim studies
Feminist researchers such as Hanmer and Saunders 1984, Hall 1985 suggest levels of sexual crime against women are far higher that those revealed by national victim surveys and infinitely higher that those indicated by police records.
Fear of crime
The British Crime Survey shows that older women tend to be the most afraid.
Younger men - who are most likely to end up victim in a violent or criminal incident on the street - are the least likely to admit fear.
However the repercussions for older people may be more serious if a crime is committed.