Cooking the Books on Crime Statistics

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Phoenix,
AZ
– After leaving Chicago to open my detective agency
in Phoenix I learned that over-reporting crime was all the rage
in this city. This sent me into a police culture shock.

I had spent
my prior years learning that as a policeman my job was to kill crime
with my pencil rather than a gun. The City of Chicago wanted to
create an illusion of low crime and at the same time show our uncanny
ability to solve the more serious crimes at a much higher rate than
the national average.

Crime reporting
nationwide by police is done through the Uniform Crime Reports
made to the FBI. There are the more serious Part One
crimes and then there are the lesser Part Two crimes.

The whole thing
becomes complicated with those abused, wasted and mismanaged federal
funds created and maintained during 50 years of political progressives
controlling Congress.

The most
common examples for Chicago cops are as follows.

1. You respond
to a call of a burglary and find no suspects or viable leads to
solve the crime. The door or window has been broken and property
stolen. The only acceptable report you can now submit is for Criminal
Damage to Property and Theft. These are Part Two Offenses.

2. You respond
to the same crime and catch a burglar with the loot and arrest him.
Now you write the crime as a Part One offense and you call it cleared
by arrest.

3. The burglary
detectives “investigate” the burglar you caught and they
pin (at least on paper) every possible similar neighborhood crime
on him with dubious evidence that will never stand up in court.
This is not about obtaining false convictions but showing that multiple
crimes are now solved and cleared by arrest.

4. You find
a strangled or beaten to death prostitute in a dumpster. You assume
that’s the case since she has needle tracks on both arms and
because of the neighborhood where she’s found. You have no
suspect to arrest in this case or witnesses that can tell you what
happened. This is not going to be a Part One Murder offense but
merely an investigation into a death of unknown causes. It will
never get reclassified to a Murder unless there is a suspect arrested
for the crime.

The most
common examples for Phoenix cops are as follows:

1. Whenever
possible theft by shoplifting with or without an arrest is upgraded
from a Part Two offense to either Burglary or Robbery boosting this
to a Part One crime.

2. Every offense
involving a Part One Robbery, Sexual Assault or Murder is written
up as a Part One Kidnapping in addition.

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December
18, 2010

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