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July 25, 2012
Jim Birchard
by: Jim Birchard

Making Sense Of Crime Stats

How does the old saying go -- figures don't lie, but liars know how to figure.

I wonder how the tough on crime crowd in the Harper government will manage to twist the latest Statistics Canada figures dealing with crime to their own advantage.

Statistics Canada says the rate of crimes reported to police in Canada reached its lowest level in 40 years in 2011.

The agency says police services reported nearly 2 million incidents last year, about 110,000 fewer than in 2010.

The severity of crime index, a tool used to measure the extent of serious crime in Canada, also dropped by six per cent.

Decreases were reported in several major categories, including attempted murder, major assaults, sexual assaults, robberies, break-ins and motor vehicle thefts.

But there was an increase in 2011 in homicide, sexual offences against children, impaired driving and most drug offences.

So how will the Harper spin doctors deal with these numbers.

Well I suspect that 90 per cent of the report which shows a decrease in the crime rate right across the will be totally ignored and the tough on crime crowd will focus on the 10 per cent that shows where crime has actually increased.

They no doubt will use those meagre embers to try and fan public fears that yes while the numbers appear to be positive as far as a decrease in crime is concerned, its the so called unreported crimes that we should be fearful of.

And that probably be the message that we start to hear from the tough on crime crowd -- be afraid, be very afraid -- because its the phantom boogeyman out there who is going to get you in the end.

It was back in 1933 that Franklin Roosevelt stated the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.

It's a pity that our Federal government believes the politics of fear is a positive thing.

I'm Jim Birchard


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Posted: 2012-07-25 14:47:44

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