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Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Crime stats

The FBI recently released its 2004 preliminary crime numbers. Find a link on that page to a very large PDF file.

The numbers for Springfield, Illinois, break down as follows:

  • Murders: 10 (up from 7 in 2003)
  • Rapes: Curiously, none were reported for 2004 or 2003; glancing over the list, it appears no Illinois communities reported any (just as a point of reference, Springfield, Missouri, had 131 in 2004)
  • Robbery: 285 (36 less than 2003)
  • Aggravated assault: 1309 (151 more than 2003)
  • Burglary: 1831 (281 less than 2003)
  • Larceny theft: 5898 (624 less than 2003)
  • Motor vehicle theft: 404 (3 less than 2003)
  • Arson: 49 (22 less than 2003)

Thankfully, it looks like overall crime was down in 2004 around here. Of course, the skeptic in me wonders what manipulations went into putting the numbers together. Presumably, these statistics will be used for various purposes, not the least of which to apply for money to fight crime.

Posted by Marie at June 22, 2005 12:37 AM

Comments

Wonder why no rape statistics?
You're probably right to speculate on how those stats get used. Certainly they can be used around election time too.

Posted by: JeromeProphet at June 26, 2005 1:21 AM