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?