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Is Canberra Crime Getting worse?

By sunshine - 4 April 2009 51

A question to ponder.

Is Canberra crime getting worse or is the media reporting more violent crimes more often?

Or are drugs getting more out of control…..etc… What are people’s ideas/thoughts on this?

What’s Your opinion?


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Is Canberra Crime Getting worse?
sunshine 2:20 pm 04 Apr 09

MrPC said :

Regardless of whether it’s better or worse, the overall rate is so low that it’s likely it will never affect you in any meaningful way. Go visit some really scummy countries like the USA and you might experience what it’s truly like to live in fear all day every day.

Mr PC i’ve visited the USA and didn’t live in fear nor do i live in fear in the ACT, however the question is relevant and so far it looks like the media has increased its exposure to crime. crime sells

harvyk1 2:15 pm 04 Apr 09

MrPC, I’m planning on visiting the good ole US of A in a few weeks time, and I don’t really have to much concern for my safety. (I’ll have a bit of situational awareness going on, but that’s it).

As for crime getting worse, welcome to our 24 x 7 internet news feed, further perpetuated by sites such as the riot act. (Don’t get me wrong, I love the riot act and all it stands for).

It however means that no matter how small an incident is, and no matter where in the world it happens, we can now hear, read and watch it happening live, because no longer is our news feed to us in 30 second stories in the space of 23 minutes (allows 7 minutes for ads). Also given the riot act (and many other media outlets) take stories from the general public, for a story to be published on-line it doesn’t take a jouro’s interest to get the story heard.

We can now read about things happening on the other side of our fair city, or the other side of the world, whilst the event is happening.

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 1:49 pm 04 Apr 09

Why would the media want us all to be petrified in our homes?

So they can keep us glued to the screen/newspaper/website, on which advertising is sold.

Over the past 20 or so years, the mainstream media really have gone from reporting the news to fearmongering.

Deckard 1:43 pm 04 Apr 09

sepi said :

Why would the media want us all to be petrified in our homes?

Because it sells papers, makes more people watch the news or a current affair, today tonight etc.

Furry Jesus 1:27 pm 04 Apr 09

Funny how during periods when no visible and anxiety-provoking crime has occurred nobody speculates that crime rates are falling or that things are getting better.

GottaLoveCanberra 1:03 pm 04 Apr 09

A wanker is a wanker, regardless of his skin pigmentation.

Deadmandrinking 12:57 pm 04 Apr 09

I think white guys are well ahead in the pedo race, woody.

White criminals are just as vulgar and violent as any other.

Woody Mann-Caruso 12:54 pm 04 Apr 09

The question you need to be asking is: Who is committing these violent crimes?

Is the answer ‘men’?

Oh, how silly of me. You want to play the race and culture card. (Not sure how, with the only meaningful data available being imprisonment by birth country, and with only 1 in 10 crimes actually solved, and then with only a third of assaults reported but hey, bluff away – I’ve got only got three of a kind.)

In that case, I’ve got a much more interesting question for you:

If white culture is so superior, and if our civilization is so awesome, why do white people commit any crimes at all?

Deadmandrinking 12:51 pm 04 Apr 09

Ralph said :

The question you need to be asking is: Who is committing these violent crimes? That you will find most illuminating. Same goes for the United States, but even more illuminating. And before DMD and Woody start screeching, I know, it be caused by white man oppression, and modernity.

Similar situation here, although it’s a less worse, because we don’t arm our poor.

Indeed, and chains caused slavery.

Slavery would have been harder without chains.

People are less dangerous without guns. Still dangerous, but it’s not going to be such an easy and quick job to kill someone without a tool design exactly and only to do that.

sepi 12:34 pm 04 Apr 09

Why would the media want us all to be petrified in our homes?

Adza 12:31 pm 04 Apr 09

I think the main problem is that it’s happening all at the same time. In the last 2 or 3 weeks there’s been something like 3 murders, 3 attempted abductions of girls and whatever else has happened. Canberra’s only a small place, so when these violent crimes gets concentrated into a small space of time, then people react.

Ralph 11:46 am 04 Apr 09

The question you need to be asking is: Who is committing these violent crimes? That you will find most illuminating. Same goes for the United States, but even more illuminating. And before DMD and Woody start screeching, I know, it be caused by white man oppression, and modernity.

Similar situation here, although it’s a less worse, because we don’t arm our poor.

Indeed, and chains caused slavery.

Spectra 11:21 am 04 Apr 09

MrPC: I’m sure you’re probably trolling, but having spent a bit of time in the US, for all it’s shortcomings I can’t say I was ever living in fear (never mind “all day every day”).

As for Canberra, after one particularly galling “Canberra is going to hell, it’s not safe to walk the streets any more” style post, I tracked down the actual crime stats for this city (I know, it’s far more fun to make with the uninformed speculation and wild claims about how the streets are crawling with thugs and rapists, but I kinda like actual numbers). What they boil down to is this: violent crimes per capita are indeed up a little bit over the last few years. They’re still so low, however, that, as MrPC says, you’re really pretty unlikely from a statistical standpoint to ever be affected. My advice would be to worry about things that are demonstrably a problem rather than listen to the media who would like nothing better than to get everyone believing it’s not safe to step out their front door.

Deadmandrinking 11:13 am 04 Apr 09

That’s only some parts of the USA, MrPC, and even then, it’s overblown by the media. Most of it is poor on poor violence. Similar situation here, although it’s a less worse, because we don’t arm our poor.

Port Moresby is where you should be scared.

And then again, wasn’t Alice Springs named the ‘stabbing capital of the world’ or something?

MrPC 10:03 am 04 Apr 09

Regardless of whether it’s better or worse, the overall rate is so low that it’s likely it will never affect you in any meaningful way. Go visit some really scummy countries like the USA and you might experience what it’s truly like to live in fear all day every day.

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