April 17, 2017

If The Nation Really Knew...

It can be very frustrating trying to make sense of crime statistics. I have been collecting and analyzing crime data since 1987 when I started GIS-based crime analysis for the Syracuse Police and have only stopped once I retired in 2017 from the DA's Office. Back in the early 90's I assisted a few other police agencies, including the Auckland (New Zealand) Police Department, in bringing their Mapinfo systems on line.

I often thought that the feds went out of their way to obfuscate crime stats, especially those concerning minorities. Seems I was right. And this leads to problems. When Willy Sutton, the famous bank robber, was asked why he robbed banks, allegedly he responded, "Because that's where they keep the money." Cops arrest minorities because that's where much of the crime is.
“The big fallacy of all anti-cop activism is to ignore the fact that policing today is data-driven and police go where people are most being victimized and that is in minority neighborhoods. But the public is, by and large, clueless about how vast the disparities in criminal offending are,” she said. “The federal government could take the lead in educating the public about policing and crime.” 
On immigration issues, the federal government hides data about the scale of guest-worker programs, such as the H-1B program, and it hides data about green card holders, said Steven Camarota, research director at the non-partisan Center for Immigration Studies (CIS). Similarly, the federal government has muddled data regarding repatriations, he said, adding: “This is how the Obama administration made [the number of] deportations look higher.”

More here.


LL said...

Suggesting that blighted minority neighborhoods are somehow more prone to crime than upper middle class neighborhoods with a non-inner city population is racist. I don't care what the stats say. RACIST.

I hope that the Trump Administration works hard to provide accurate statistics, but nobody's ever done that, so they would sound weird. Like acknowledging that there are more murders in Chicago than there are in Juarez and Tijuana Mexico combined.

Kid said...

Surely there are some white trash vomit inducing heinous criminals. But in the/my final analysis, I read at least two stories a day where n-n-n-n----black folks are involved in some serious vomit inducing crime, especially against children. Way more than whites. Ditto the Jose Himenizes of the undocumented world in the USA. Examples provided upon request.

LindaG said...

I read about the H-1B Visas some here, because they are used so heavily in the seafood industry.
They want more of the visas because they couldn't get enough workers last year.

I am not surprised about the crime statistics. I think we only hear numbers when they want to achieve an aim.

sig94 said...

Nothing I say here relieves any demographic of criminal behavior. What the statistics suggest is that for their proportion of the population, certain racial/ethnic groups represent an disproportionate number of arrests and convictions. In some instances it is overwhelming.

Social justice advocates use this as a means of enforcing suicidal liberal agendas insisting that enforcement efforts are racist since arrest/imprisonment ratios of male Caucasians are far less.

In the case of criminal illegal aliens that has resulted in disastrous consequences for southern border states.

As for America's inner cities, well, Chicago.

Doom said...

I've mentioned this before. And it goes back to at least Bush the elder, and has always been a problem in Democrat areas.

Oh? And remember all the banter about European no-go zones? We have them. We had them back when I was still in the service, and probably since blacks were allowed freedom in the north. I am sure we now have muslim no-go zones as well. Yeah. Drain those swamps too, one way or another.