Monday, February 2, 2009

Allentown Crime Rate: pick a number

Statistics are one of the best tools of a press release but when the Headline reads Allentown Crime rate down in 2008

pick a number & pick a category: for example here are the crimes categorized as Part 1 crimes by the FBI's Uniform Crime Report: homicide, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny, motor vehicle theft, and arson.

Murders in 2008 were down

however in 2008

rape up
robbery at knife point up
Robbery w/dangerous wep up
assault with firearm up
assault with knife up
Burglary-unlawful entry up
larceny up
Burglary forcible entry up

there were reductions in a variety of other crimes including vandalism,prostitution,
disorderly conduct, vagrancy and motor vehicle theft.

SOURCE: PA uniform crime reporting system 2007-2008

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