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Recently, one of our responders indicated that crime statistics show crime rates are dropping in America. Law enforcement has released information that this is true, however, there is questions on how the data was collected and if "all" crime was included. Researching several links from a listing on "Crime Statistics Collected Data", "Questions on Crime Statistic Data", and lastly "Falsified Crime Statistic Data", you can locate a variety of web links that provides information sufficient to question how the data is collected or not at all. Consider the trending of crime decreasing leaves one to believe that maybe not all criminal acts are included. There are many instances in law enforcement that police have falsified data by tampering with the arrest and conviction data for purposes exhibiting successful police work. This promotes raises and bonuses for police, but it also provides a new kind of corruption. As police around the country have been found to downgrade property crimes and reduce felony rates, it makes them appear championing the community with having a strong police force. This just misleads the public to believe America is winning the war against crime.
Crimes against the elderly (abuse, financial), human trafficking, child abuse, rape, business/political corruption, organized crime and a variety of misdemeanor assaults & crimes is just a fraction of the total areas of crime committed. Many of these listed crimes areas are never identified as crime. As some believe that crime statistics only portray the highly intense media events, the many other types of data get lost in not being reported. Since courts are overwhelmed with crime convictions, It is easy to believe that prosecutors weigh the importance of the crime to possibly wondering if they can win this or is it worth their political gain to pursue a conviction.
I find it hard to believe that crime rates are dropping. Since 74 school shootings in the past 18 months where multiple killings and injuries were sustained, it appears that crimes are not dropping but rising. Since so many people in this country are missing and abused, it is hard to believe that crimes are dropping. There has been several questionable police shootings where police have used excessive force resulting in deaths to those they are apprehending. The recent Arizona homeless man that the police shot (in the back) and as he laid helpless gasping for air, the police sent the dog to attack him. The police said he had a knife. Ok, so why did they shoot him in the back, killing him? This horrible act by the police is now sanctioned by the 1985 Garner Decision. Pre-Garner data had suggested that up to 43% unarmed suspects where shot by police. So they needed a tool to escape from prosecution and allow them to apprehend suspects by shooting them and possible killing them.
Because not all crime is considered worthy crime to be counted into statistical data, we have a judicial system that will not hear many cases involving rape, incest and child abuse. If someone is victimized by a criminal act, police may or may not pursue an arrest and also the prosecutor will not put in the court system.
The FBI data that has publically indicated a drop in crime says so with one caveat. The data around the country is "volunteered" by law enforcement agencies. If police do not want the public to know how bad the community is actually crime, they will not divulge the data.
I am of the belief that crime is not dropping but is steadily rising and that law enforcement is handicapped with poor management, police that suffer mentally and insufficient funding. Police make up the data to inform the public that the job is getting done. There are many great police in America, but the system and unprofessional officers can make the good ones look bad.