Harrisburg Happening

Monday, September 24, 2007

Crime in the Burg

The 2006 FBI statistics are out and I've done the hard work for you, dear readers. It's almost official - as far as violent crimes per capita, Baltimore and Harrisburg are in a statistical dead heat. For rape, Harrisburg wins hands down. Yes, folks, you are five times as likely to be raped in Harrisburg as in Baltimore and three times as likely as if you walked the streets of DC.

Rates per 100,000 for various crime categories:

Harrisburg: Violent crime = 1690 Murder = 21 Forcible rape = 107
Savannah: Violent crime = 555 Murder =14 Forcible rape =30
DC: Violent crime = 1445 Murder =29 Forcible rape =31
Baltimore: Violent crime = 1696 Murder =43 Forcible rape =21
Philadelphia: Violent crime = 1562 Murder =28 Forcible rape =66

Source: FBI annual crime statistics http://www.fbi.gov/ucr/cius2006/index.html


Blogger Nathan said...

I beg to differ with the conclusions you draw from your analysis of the FBI data. The FBI specifically warns against making such simplistic comparisons here:


While I am sure that you are aware of the multitude of factors that must be considered to correctly interpret crime statistics, you have not indicated as much. Harrisburg receives enough negative attention without misleading and tendentious arguments such as those posted here.

October 23, 2007  
Blogger Anniken Davenport, Esquire said...

OK - explain it to the readers - how are we supposed to interpret the data? What factors make me safer?

October 24, 2007  
Anonymous Grandpa Moses said...

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February 02, 2008  

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