Monday, April 02, 2012

Broken Record

Friday into Saturday was pretty much what you'd expect. Saturday into Sunday continued in that same vein:
  • At least nine people were shot between 11:10 p.m. Saturday and 5 a.m. Sunday, according to Chicago police, including four outside a West Side club about 3 a.m.

We certainly like how the media is spouting the meme that "murders are up 56%, but overall crime is down 10%."

The thing about statistics is they're very manipulable. Take that 35% number. That's year-to-date of 2011 compared to 2012. It's still a bad number, but it sounds waaaaaaaay better than the almost 118% increase when you compare just March of 2011 to March of 2012.

And the 10% decrease in crime? If you're counting raw numbers, maybe crime did "go down." But if there is a population decrease, then the per capita rate is changing a lot less (if at all) from year-to-year.

And trust us, if homicides (killings) are going up, then the other crime is climbing, too. They just use tricks like those we pointed out to make things sound better than they are. Remember, OEC is handling more calls than ever and paying more overtime than they can keep track of - that doesn't sound like crime is down, does it? What happens is the manpower dictates that we can't respond as quickly to minor crime/disorder and people get sick of waiting around for a cop that might not show up for an hour or more.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not to mention the population drop is mostly would be victims giving up on this shithole!!!

4/02/2012 12:05:00 AM  
Blogger Cops Colon said...

This is April. What's July going to look like? The media is stirring the pot with Trayvon. Going to be a tough summer.

4/02/2012 12:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

See the murders are up but crime is down is a feel good story. Like you go to the Dr and he says your blood pressure and cholesterol level are low but you have terminal cancer.

4/02/2012 12:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Geez, maybe the mayor has an interest in a "Crime Scene Tape" company ?

4/02/2012 12:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I get it!

When they say overall crime is down they must be speaking about things like breaking a city ordinance park curfew.

That crime is down because the mayor can and will pull out all the stops sparing no expense to mobilize his little para-military army if need to protect a political agenda.


When it comes to actually protecting the citizens

When there's people shooting and killing innocent bystanders, children, battles over drug turf and all out gang wars going on...well the mayor finds that acceptable and the superintendent backs him up with his Broken Windows crime mythology marketing krap and more cops on the street is not the answer.

Even the twisted statistics that they present make it crystal clear what their primary motives are and the their agenda no?

What kind of Broken Windows message do you think the average joe is receiving from these recent events?

4/02/2012 01:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

FOX NEWS just reported a 56% increase compared to last year which included 23 Murders just in the last two weeks.

Please update your post.

Here is link:

4/02/2012 01:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyways..if your dispatcher is in a backlog and you're shorthanded racing from "loud reports" to "loud reports" calls. A lot of that crime that is down by 10% would be down because it gets a big fat "19-paul" code I would suspect.

The victims then just say eff-it I can't wait all day over this bullshit I have to go to work.

,,,and like you said SCC we are not event given the full story when they pull the crime is down by 10% out of their behinds. Ten percent of what? Year vs Year? Month vs month? Maybe they are comparing crime rates to 20 years ago for all we know. And then there's the matter of what falls into the category of overall crime.

Come-on people we should all know how the word games are played by now.

Your and my definitions of overall crime probably doesn't even come close as they make up their own meanings to the commonly accepted words and phrases that are tossed out to the media.

4/02/2012 01:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

time for a spring break "don't shoot me" mission--- this will solve the problem--- it is going to be a long hot summer and I will not be a part of most of it because I have a 7b and 8a vacation---

4/02/2012 02:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And with a back log, citizens are less likely wait around for the police to report the other theft related and minor crimes. Shooting and murder victims don't have that luxury, they'll bleed out or start to smell funny.

4/02/2012 07:06:00 AM  
Blogger somewhatrabid said...

They used to enjoy comparing month for month stats. What happened?

Next thing you know they will be comparing April 2012 with April 1992 in an effort to give you that warm fuzzy feeling back.

4/02/2012 07:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Also, according to COMSTAT numbers citywide arrests are down about 10%. If 5% of those arrests are self-generated (onview, narcotics, gambling)then that is a 5% decline that is directly related to morale and de-policing.

4/02/2012 07:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The media doesn't want the vicious Racoon to get mad at them. This administration is all wired into the city media. They won't dare print or televise a story that puts these corrupt bastards in a bad light.

4/02/2012 11:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blah blah blah. Natural selection at work.

4/02/2012 12:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow mayor and mcnut the chess game has been increased exponentially your move! "What you gonna do when they come for you?"

4/02/2012 12:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I couldn't find a single mention of any weekend violance in todays earlier internet version of the Chicago Sun Times. Can anybody verify this?

4/02/2012 12:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wonderful. Makes me wanna work harder.

4/02/2012 12:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's not in the zone so who cares.

4/02/2012 02:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'm glad crime is down 10% that means i won't get robbed, i will probably get KILLED! but at least i wont get robbed.

4/02/2012 03:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'm glad crime is down 10% that means i won't get robbed, i will probably get KILLED! but at least i wont get robbed.

4/02/2012 03:51:00 PM
True. When they take your wallet and watch AFTER you're dead, McMinimizer will classify it as 'theft from person' or 'lost or mislaid property'.

4/02/2012 10:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Statistics are a lot like bikinis - what they reveal is suggestive, but what they conceal is vital."

4/03/2012 09:33:00 AM  
Anonymous The Box Chevy Phantom said...

Allow us...

The Constant = Real numbers...
Actual (though suppressed by City Hall) manpower numbers, actual unflitered crime stats and the like.

The Variable = Applied mathematical fuckery expressly designed for the political expediency of keeping the citizens uninformed and happy to be that way.

The Product = The end result of a logical, universally understood (though politically unacceptable as it involves "truth-telling") constant rubbed against the above intentionally fucked up variable rendering a result that is not unlike donkey dung.

4/03/2012 10:43:00 PM  

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