We talk about crime alot on these boards. This is a thread to talk about crime reporting and statistics keeping, if anyone is interested. Do any of us have any way to track what is happening in our neighborhoods outside of our personal experiences and what we read?
Someone who lived in PH in the nineties was alarmed by what they were reading on the boards as they prepared to move back. Is crime up or down or . . . ?http://www.nycpba.org/publications/mag-04-summer/compstat.html
This is an article The PBA Magazine talking about how the reporting system gives middle management in the NYPD a reason to suppress statistics so they don't get called out every week.
So how do you fake a crime decrease? It’s pretty simple. Don’t file reports, misclassify crimes from felonies to misdemeanors, under-value the property lost to crime so it’s not a felony, and report a series of crimes as a single event.
A particularly insidious way to fudge the numbers is to make it difficult or impossible for people to report crimes — in other words, make the victims feel like criminals so they walk away just to spare themselves further pain and suffering.
I don't know that the public has easy (or any) access to the CompStat numbers anyway. Anyone?