Depending upon the subjects you are trying to collect data from, a survey may not be a realistic approach.
If you wanted to study criminals and really get an idea of the amount of criminal behavior they engage in, a survey may not be effective.
How would you go about collecting data on criminal behavior? What would be the best techniques to get this type of information?
To collect data on criminal behavior, it would be best if the researcher utilizes data collection techniques that include first-hand access to information. As the researcher, you need to use techniques that will allow you to observe and record the behaviors you are interested in. Methods like surveys may not be effective since crimes vary. As a result, criminal behaviors vary among individuals. In surveys, it is hard to make generalizations because of inconsistency in the results. Some of the ideal techniques for collecting data on criminal behavior include participant observation in which the researcher studies a group by being part of it. Also, in-depth interviews would be ideal for collecting data on personal history, experiences, and perspectives of individuals.