Which will you believe?
Anecdotal Stories? …or… Systematic Research? “A. True Ott” shares the story of one crime victim on his personal web page:
Here’s little 9 month old Serenity Reed, a blonde blue-eyed little darling who is now yet another “statistic”. From the Barstow California Examiner we read about the horrific and shocking events […]
The Gallup Poll does a great job of juxtaposing two trends. On the one hand, we have Americans who are consistently convinced each year that crime has worsened compared to the year before:
And on the other hand, we have actual crime report data from the Department of Justice, which shows that violent crime […]
From 2010 to 2011, the FBI Crime Clock shows a decline in the rate of crime in the United States:
So what’s the FBI to do? How about turn its statistics fiery red?
At some point over the next few months, the FBI will release another year of crime statistics and sum it […]
When I listen to people talk about the most “dangerous” places to live in Maine, the city of Lewiston constantly comes up. You wouldn’t want to live in Lewiston, people tell me. All the Somalis have made Lewiston a dangerous place to live, they say. You can see these kind of remarks online, too:
In the Bangor Daily News of December 20 2012, Daniel Patterson of Presque Isle Maine writes that armed guards should be posted in all public schools:
“We need armed guards where masses of people, especially children, gather because crazed gunmen target masses of people. I know we might not like the image of soldiers at […]
In the Spring of 2009, the FBI started warehousing DNA samples of Americans who had been arrested — but not necessarily convicted — of a crime. People declared not guilty of a crime, or who were never even charged with a crime, can have their DNA records expunged from the FBI database if they go […]
The Posse Comitatus Act, a federal law in effect for over a century, says that the military can’t be used for domestic police purposes. It’s not just an administrative violation. It’s a crime:
Whoever, except in cases and under circumstances expressly authorized by the Constitution or Act of Congress, willfully uses any part of the […]
Brown, Esbensen and Geis’ Criminology 7th Edition expresses problems with the Uniform Crime Reports dryly:
“The UCR also can be a tool for political manipulation. Police administrators sometimes rely upon these data to justify requests for additional money for personnel, equipment, and training. At other times, the Crime Index can be manipulated by a department […]
The United States Constitution:
Amendment I. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Silicon Angle, September […]
The FBI maintains an ominous website seemingly devoted to giving Americans the heebie-jeebies. It’s called The Crime Clock, and for the most recent year of published U.S. statistics (2009) it reads like this:
One murder every 34.5 minutes One forcible rape every 6.0 minutes One robbery every 1.3 minutes One aggravated assault every 39.1 […]