“The rules on clearance leave a lot of latitude for interpretation,” explains Larry Hoover, director of the police research center at Sam Houston State University. Source: Houston ChronicleThese rules sometimes work out in a weird way. Last year the agency I work for had a month where we reported -1 Rapes. There were a number of cases from the preceding month that were cleared as Unfounded the following month so the math came up with a negative number. Seeing a negative number in our monthly UCR submission raised a eyebrow or two till we explained how UCR rules work.
Monday, May 4, 2009
Crime Stats Rules Can Be Confusing
The Houston Chronicle has an interesting article about how crime clearance stats are calculated.