Thursday, June 28, 2007

British government under reporting its crime rate

To the tune of 2-3 million violent crimes.

The stats are compiled by polling people on violent crime. If the person reports more than five instances a year, all further reports are disregarded. Let me give you an example. If a woman reports that her husband beat her up eight times this year, the crime stats will report it as five incidents of violent crime.

European governments are notorious for cooking their books when it comes to stats on social problems. Whenever you quote stats, you should know who produced them. It just like when people tout the infant mortality and literacy rates of Cuba without ever acknowledging that the source is the Cuban government itself.