Criminology : Issues and Challenges

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for Criminology

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Issues And Challenges

A person sees two young men in front of their neighbor's house and assumes they are "horsing around" until they break a window and begin to burglarize the home. After seeing this the person calls the police. This would be an example of which of the following?

Possible Answers:

Traffic delay

Coping delay

None of these

Ambiguity delay

Conflict delay

Correct answer:

Ambiguity delay


This scenario is considered to be an "ambiguity delay." It is considered to be an ambiguity error because the person was delayed in their ability to acknowledge a criminal act. They thought that the two young men were "horsing around" later they saw them break into the house; thus, they were delayed by the ambiguous nature of the behavior of the young men. 

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