Americans Believe Crime is Getting Worse

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    But, it's actually getting better (violent crime is at historically low levels).

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    Most Americans Believe Crime in U.S. Is Worsening

    It's always interesting when there is such a major disconnect between perception and reality in the American psyche.
     
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    Department of Justice statistics say that crime is going down. The people don't believe it. Sort of like the statistics on the economny.
     
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    Is it a disconnect?

    with per 1000 or whatever it is vs actual numbers.
     
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    The statistics on police incident reports are reported by local law enforcement via a system called NIBRS (National Incident-based Reporting System).

    If there's a problem with the data, it's occurring in local police departments.

    Hope that helps you understand the subject matter of this thread more adequately so as to avoid more embarrassing posts.
     
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    3 times higher in '73 compared to now ? Fucking bullshit. Who wrote this nonsense the head Jews of real estate ?
     
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    In reporting crime statistics, actual numbers of crimes are reported in a format that shows how frequently they occur per person.

    For example, 20 burglaries in a town of 200 is a fairly large problem (for that area), because almost 10% of the community residents will have been a victim of a crime. Twenty robberies in a town of 100,000 people is almost nothing, because hardly anyone (statistically speaking) will be burglarized or know someone who has been burglarized.

    So, statistics on crime are reported in this way to give context to the numbers (the affect). So, for instance, if there are 2,000 robberies in a city, and there are 100,000 people, there are 2 robberies per 1,000 people. That tells you the likelihood of an individual person in that community being robbed in a given year. It also allows you to compare crime rates across geographic areas which may differ substantially in terms of population size.

    so, for instance, you can look at a rural area in eastern Washington and compare it with Seattle, and still get a sense, realistically, of how much crime is occurring per capita, in both areas, and where people are safer.

    Does that make sense, or do you want further explanation?

    The disconnect isn't in the data. It is in the perception of the problem versus the level of the problem.
     
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    The reason for this is understandable. Today, we are bombarded with one crime story after another via the Internet. As soon as some hideous murder is discovered, you can be certain that every single American with access to a computer will know about it. Kids being abducted show up in the news daily. It scares parents to death. They think back to when they were kids and think that this stuff never happened when they were growing up. But the truth is they just didn't hear about it very often because they only heard of news from their small community. They didn't have access to what happened in every little county across the entire US. Hell, we are even informed of school shootings in other countries. The affect on the human psyche is great. We just need to understand the reasoning behind this. Maybe that would help people get over their incessant fear of what could possibly happen.
     
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    Not sure about those numbers, but I'm pretty sure it's no worse than it ever has been. Most people think crime is much worse now, but it's not.
     

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