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Canberrans in the Crime Paranoia charts

By caf - 24 February 2010 40

Over at Pollytics, the blog that proudly wears its wonkishness on its sleeve, Possum has crunched the numbers from the ABS’s reported and perceived crime statistics, to come up with a “Crime Paranoia Index” of the states and territories.

The ACT makes it to number two in the rankings – meaning that we’re second only to Victorians in the proportion that our perception of crime outstrips the reality.

So what does that mean? Are we overly worried about crime, or are we underreporting it (compared to the rest of the country)? Or does it really signify nothing at all?

What’s Your opinion?


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Canberrans in the Crime Paranoia charts
Jim Jones 7:12 pm 25 Feb 10

Tooks said :

Jim Jones said :

Paranoia pretty clearly on display above.

Also on display: ill-informed comments from a couple of numpties.

Damn straight – the entire post is full of numpties denying actual statistics in favour of a couple of unreliable anecdotes.

The plural of anecdote is not data.

Tooks 1:41 pm 25 Feb 10

facet said :

When my home was recently burgled and my big screen TV stolen along with the jewellery my wife inherited from her mother, the police who came to my place offered “counselling”. Perhaps so I could feel a whole lot better about being a victim of crime and overcome my obvious paranoia (they don’t want this showing up in surveys). This is the second time I have had criminal activity directed at me in the last twelve months I will respond differently next time.

How dare they offer counselling to victims of crime; that’s just disgraceful. They didn’t send the CSI team to wrap up the case in 30 minutes either, I bet. Hopeless.

PBO 1:40 pm 25 Feb 10

facet said :

It means Canberra’s police force is a joke. They have no interest in property crime and so it is take it easy, but take it!
What the heck, they need to support their drug habit don’t they.

If you think that you can do better than them, then show a bit of initiative and do some local crime prevention yourself.

facet said :

I recently witnessed two youths breaking into Kaleen’s Catholic Primary School (they were trying to lever up a skylight on the roof). I called our police and told them a break in was in progress – their response “Oh maybe we will send a car around in a little while”. No car showed up and I bet no statistics where recorded. The school later erected a very expensive fence so I guess crime does stimulate economic activity – it certainly does not stimulate police activity.

Once again, you could have told the police that you would deal with the matter directly if they did not show up, i bet you would have had a better response.

I think that we are relying on the Police too much and we should look at ourselves to make our communities safer.

Tooks 1:20 pm 25 Feb 10

Jim Jones said :

Paranoia pretty clearly on display above.

Also on display: ill-informed comments from a couple of numpties.

Thoroughly Smashed 1:12 pm 25 Feb 10

“Number of people that perceive crime to be problematic per actual reported offence”

They seem to be conflating two barely related factors here…

facet 12:06 pm 25 Feb 10

When my home was recently burgled and my big screen TV stolen along with the jewellery my wife inherited from her mother, the police who came to my place offered “counselling”. Perhaps so I could feel a whole lot better about being a victim of crime and overcome my obvious paranoia (they don’t want this showing up in surveys). This is the second time I have had criminal activity directed at me in the last twelve months I will respond differently next time.

TheDJPea 11:55 am 25 Feb 10

Jim Jones said :

Paranoia pretty clearly on display above.

Not paranoid, just not delusional

jackthemartin 10:58 am 25 Feb 10

We would need more data before concluding that Canberrans are paranoid:

This result could also come about if crime is more evenly spread across suburbs in Canberra compared to other cities. If, say, all crime were concentrated in a few suburbs, most people would express no concern about crime in their neighbourhood. But if crime is spread throughout all suburbs, even if there is less in total, more people will be concerned about crime in their own neighbourhood.

If we knew either (a) how crime is spread throughout the suburbs in Canberra compared with other cities or (b) how strong people’s concerns about crime are rather than just whether they are concerned or not, we could draw more conclusions.

Grail 10:50 am 25 Feb 10

Combined with the other report about Canberrans feeling safe in their houses, but worried more about crimes outside, I’d say that we’re all turning into paranoid bastards who trust noone.

harvyk1 9:40 am 25 Feb 10

I’m also going with the “it not much point to report it” mob…

OK, someone breaks into your house, you call the coppers, they may show up a few hours later and take a statement. Then that’s it…

If you lucky they may catch the offender (but not recover your stuff) and the offender gets taken into the courts, not a big issue for them as they probably already know the drill.

They then get told how they where very naughty and shouldn’t do it again. The offender is then let off without even a slap on the wrist ready to do it again.

Why bother going through the process?

Jim Jones 9:40 am 25 Feb 10

Paranoia pretty clearly on display above.

TheDJPea 9:03 am 25 Feb 10

Yeah, there is a hell of a lot more crime than the police are aware of and/or give a shit about

facet 8:20 am 25 Feb 10

I recently witnessed two youths breaking into Kaleen’s Catholic Primary School (they were trying to lever up a skylight on the roof). I called our police and told them a break in was in progress – their response “Oh maybe we will send a car around in a little while”. No car showed up and I bet no statistics where recorded. The school later erected a very expensive fence so I guess crime does stimulate economic activity – it certainly does not stimulate police activity.

facet 7:39 am 25 Feb 10

It means Canberra’s police force is a joke. They have no interest in property crime and so it is take it easy, but take it!
What the heck, they need to support their drug habit don’t they.

bd84 9:39 pm 24 Feb 10

It could indicate a higher level of types of crime that goes unreported in different states when they figure out the police can’t do anything and won’t show up for a couple of days.

I could make the statistics show pretty much anything I wanted them to..

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