Monday, June 09, 2008

A Tale of Crime in Two Cities

While Washington DC is pretty well known and viewed as a hot bed of violent crime.
The head noddy tongue cluckers and finger waggers here in Canada like to cite the fact that the availability of GUNS is at the root of the violence and the number of murders. So far the right to bear arms has been successfully defended although the efforts to put and end to this continue.

I find it interesting that DC which has a a similar population to Winnipeg at around 600 thousand and that the hot bed areas are well known as they are here.

In fact if we look at crime statistics comparing Winnipeg with Washington DC we find what looks like a huge difference in total numbers.

What we also see is the effect of serious efforts to control crime.

DC's murder stats hit a high of 479 in 1991 and has been on a downward trend ever since with a low in 2006 of 169 due in large part to diligent law enforcement activity. There was an increase last year up to 181 and there seems to be a continued trend this year with burst of murders in the low track area of "Trinidad". Showing a year over year 2007/2006 increase of about 7% as well as a huge spike for 2008 that looks like it is headed for a 100% increase.

Similarly in Winnipeg we see an increase of 55% this year for the first five months.

However what we do not see in Winnipeg is any parallel in homicide reduction over the last 20 years. The main reason being I think that our Chiefs of police and our Justices are more interested in playing the politically correct role than in administering their duties to the best of their abilities. And if what we are getting is the best they have to offer.... we need new people.

Now just what is the problem with making actual efforts to reduce crime like checkpoints in high crime traffic areas and such?





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