Category Archives: CRIME STATISTICS

“Is The Homicide Rate The Key Crime Rate?”

A Canadian search engine sent someone by searching for “is homicide the key crime rate.” The short answer is an emphatic no. Since the homicide rate includes murder, manslaughter, and justifiable homicide; and an estimated 72 percent of all murders … Continue reading

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“Gun Violence Rises In New York”

DNA Info reports, with a straight face, that “NYPD Takes Fewer Guns Off the Streets as Shootings Rise, Stats Show Gotham’s crime stats have been more fiction than fact since the late 1960′s; when John Lindsay was mayor. NYC is … Continue reading

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US Murder Conviction Rate

Someone dropped by searching for “murder conviction rate US.” That is a question with many possible answers, depending on your view of things. To start with,based on the latest official data the murder rate for 2012 was 4.1 per 100,000 … Continue reading

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2013 Crime Rates

I had a number of searches for 2013 violent crime rates overnight. I would be glad to post them, but they are not out as of this date. I expect them to be posted in the next ten weeks, but … Continue reading

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No Surprises: LAPD Cuts Crime With An Eraser

The Los Angeles Times reports the LAPD has cut its violent crime rates by the common expedient of downgrading violent crime to misdemeanors. Briefly quoting the LA Times report linked above: Under FBI rules followed by police departments across the … Continue reading

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“What Does 300% Homicide Rate Mean?”

One of the search engines sent someone by searching for “what does 300% homicide rate mean.” Literally, it means three times the population of a given area is murdered every year. Put another way, a given venue would be entirely … Continue reading

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How Many Murders In 2013

Someone came by searching for “how many murders in 2013.” Essentially, your guess is as good as mine, so here’s mine: In 2012, the police reported 14,827 homicides to the FBI. For 2013 I expect that number to decline by … Continue reading

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When Will The New Crime Graphics Be Posted?

An inquiring mind asked about 2014 crime numbers and charts. The FBI has not released whole year numbers for 2013. I expect hose to be released between Labor Day and Halloween, or perhaps later. Of course, the 2014 numbers will … Continue reading

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Chicago Alderman Calls For Accurate Crime Reporting

In a hopeful sign, Chicago’s WLS reports Alderman Bob Fioretti is calling for accurate crime numbers to be released to the public. Briefly quoting the WLS report linked above: Fioretti is calling on full transparency from the Chicago Police Department … Continue reading

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Murder Rate Graphics For 2014

Someone came by searching for “murder rate graphics for 2014.” Unfortunately, the official data that is needed for a good set of graphics does not come out until late in the following year. I do not expect 2013 data until … Continue reading

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