Category Archives: CRIME STATISTICS

Noted: Microsoft Touts Their Version Of CompStat

Microsoft, whose officers provided the funding to buy Washington’s disastrous “universal background check initiative,” is touting its “new predictive policing technology,” the Puget Sound business Journal solemnly reported. Of course, CompSat, and its failures, are old news. While it provides … Continue reading

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“Crime Statistics 1940’s”

Someone followed a link to the Alley, searching for “rape statistics 1940s.” The major problem with blithely quoting crimes statistics prior to 1960 is the many changes in definition; and for that particular search the stigma associated with victimization. Murder, … Continue reading

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Number Of Gun Murders A Second?

Someone came by searching for “number of gun murders a second.” The long term trend is down, so the FBI’s 2013 total of 8,454 gun related murders in 2013 will be slightly high. There are 31,536,000 seconds (3,600 seconds per … Continue reading

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“Gun Ownership And Gun Control Brazil”

Someone stopped by searching for “gun ownership and gun control in Brazil. Brazil has an estimated population of 202,860,000 and a reported 12,200,00o “permits” for an approximate ownership rate of 6.016 percent. Brazilian authorities reported 40974 murders in 2010, for … Continue reading

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“How Reliable Are Crime Statistics?”

Someone stopped by searching for “how reliable are crime statistics.” That depends. While official totals and rates for most crimes must either be accepted or rejected “as issued,” a murder generally results in an entry on the police blotter; an … Continue reading

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Percentage Of Crimes Committed In The US

Someone stopped by searching for “percentage of crimes committed in the United States.” I assume the search was for the share the United States has of all the world’s crimes. And, while it would lovely if the UN kept track … Continue reading

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New BJS Survey Out; Forcible Sexual Assault Tanks

A newly released study by the Bureau of Justice Statistics documents the long term decline in the oncidence of rape, but the overall rate, both for those of college age and those who are not. (Click on the graphic for … Continue reading

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“Why Are Crime Rates Published?”

Someone stopped by searching for “why are crime rates published.” A better way to phrase the question behind the search is “Why do rulers and politicians appropriate money to publish crime rates.” And as always, the answer to that is … Continue reading

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What Percentage Of People Are Murderers?

Someone stopped by searching for “what percentage of people are murderers.” In reality, all the numbers we have to work with are estimates, and numbers, rates, and percentages are subject to change if a more credible or better supported population … Continue reading

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Compare Rate Of Violence U.S And Germany

Someone stopped by searching for “compare rate of violence united states and germany.” The German violent crime rate is calculated from the Wikipedia estimate of Germany’s population, and the official police, Bundeskriminalamt, numbers at this link. The United States are … Continue reading

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