Monday, June 3, 2013

2012 FBI Crime Numbers Out For Large Cities

The FBI released the preliminary 2012 Uniform Crime Reports crime numbers for cities of 100,000 or greater today.
The new preliminary Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) statistics for 2012 indicate that when compared to data for 2011, the number of violent crimes reported by law enforcement agencies around the country increased 1.2 percent during 2012, while the number of property crimes decreased 0.8 percent.

If you follow this link to the 2012 Crime In The United States page, you can view the number for your city, provided it has a population of 100,000 or greater. The FBI will release the rest of the 2012 UCR data later this year.

It won't be long now before we start seeing news stories that quote a press release indicating that some city has been declared "the most dangerous" in America. This happens despite the fact that the groups that conduct these "analyses" often employ a pretty sketchy methodology to come up with these lists and that the FBI and others warn against such simplistic analysis.

Such is the bloodsport that is crime statistics. 

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