NYPD: Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics

They look good, if you only use their stats. Newsy Finds NYPD Undercounting Rape By 38% Compared To FBI Statistics.

It’s a bit of an overstatement, they just aren’t using the (new) nationally approved definition of Rape. They’re using the old definition.

The nation’s largest police agency does not count forced oral or anal sex as “rape” in reports on its website.

Now they are reporting to the state and feds correctly (as according to the definition that the feds use), but they didn’t bother to change their internal reporting to reflect the 21st Century.

This is mostly a PR problem, but it is probably going to become a major PR problem until the get with the modern program.

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An Article Extolling the Virtues of the 2nd Amendment?

No surprise it isn’t in the mainstream media. Why are Indian American convenience store workers easy targets? Is not owning guns a factor?.

Working in convenience stores is a dangerous thing. Late-night hours. Cash. Few employees and few customers.

Then there is the lack of firearms.

He said that another reason maybe because most Indian Americans don’t keep guns. “Even though I haven’t studied the statistics for that could be that most robbers know that often Indians do not keep guns with them,” Patel said. “Among white or Chinese store owners, it is more likely that you would find them with a gun in their business. Robbers may take advantage of this fact, too.”

That’s not the only reason, of course and the article covers a lot of those other factors. But treating the lack of firearms and training as an issue is something you would never seen in the mainstream press.

Cybercrime is Growth Business

And we all pay the price. Literally pay, in the form of higher fees, higher prices, etc. Cybercrime’s Total Earnings Skyrocketed to $2.7 Billion Says the FBI.

FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) published its 2018 Internet Crime Report which shows that cybercrime was behind $2,7 billion in total losses during 2018 as shown by 351,936 complaints received during the last year.

And that is FBI, so US-only, and only for “complaints received.” If people pay the ransomware fee, or just restore from backups, they might not notify the FBI. (Especially if they pay.)

NYPD Cooking the Books on Crime

There are lies, damn lies and statistics. And NYPD’s CompStat is statistics about crime. Brooklyn family claims in suit that NYPD harassed them as part of effort to keep CompStat crime numbers down.

They wanted the family to lie about a gunshot. When they wouldn’t, their lives were turned upside down.

Lopez-Lopez’s lawsuit claims cops repeatedly harassed them with threats during the month after the shooting – before ultimately arresting his entire family.

Lopez-Lopez, who works as a store manager, is a legal gun owner but cops took his firearm away during the weeks before the arrest, telling him “all you have to do is tell us your brother shot himself and you will get your gun back right now and your life will go back to normal,” the complaint says. The pistol he had was not alleged to have been used in the shooting.

It goes on from their. Because CompStat is big business. The mayor of NYC and the Police Commissioner have press conferences proclaiming how the statistics show everything is great. Of course if the statistics are a fabrication…

I’m Shocked to Discover Corruption In Chicago Politics

OK, I’m not that Shocked.

Patronage – hiring people who help you out politically, or the relatives of those people – has long tradition in Chicago. Toni Preckwinkle hired the children of politicians, former aldermen, Daley and Madigan workers — despite her pledge to end patronage.

Then there is Smollett. Chicago police files on Jussie Smollett investigation show behind-the-scenes maneuvers. You expected Justice? In Chicago? You’re not paying attention.

The statistics on corruption are staggering. Another Chicago alderman pleads guilty to corruption charges.

South Side Ald. Willie Cochran pleaded guilty March 21 to felony wire fraud for spending his ward’s charity funds on personal expenses. That’s 30 Chicago aldermen convicted of corruption since 1972.

That doesn’t count folks like Tony Rezko, who was never elected to anything as far as I know, or former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. Or the other Illinois governors. (Memory isn’t what it was, but want to say that 4 of the last 7 Illinois Governors were convicted of corruption charges, though not always about what they did in office.)

So another corrupt politician from Chicago? Meh.

The Statistics on Cyber Attacks

The statistics, as always, are interesting. Cybercrime by the numbers: Corporate ‘consequences’ mount to $13M.

$13 million: The average cost of cybercrime for a company in 2018

Cybercrime hit the banking and utility sectors the hardest; both industries faced an increase from 2017. In 2018, cybercrime cost the banking industry about $18 million and utilities about $17.8 million.

The public sector suffers the least financial burden of cybercrime, with an average cost of almost $8 million in 2018, according to the report.

Though some will pay more. Atlanta spent more than 13 million.

The rate of cyber attacks increase 67 percent.

Malware costs rose 11 percent.

And there is real concern about how long a company can survive if they can’t function. If a small company can’t take orders for a week, then they may lose customers, and not just for that week. Though only one third of companies view cyber attacks as a threat to growth.

NYC: Crime Is Down If You Don’t Look Too Closely At the Statistics

Overall the crime rate is down, but “overall” never tells the whole story. Despite City’s Positive Outlook On Crime Numbers, NYPD Reports Murders & Rapes Soaring In 2019.

The NYPD and Mayor de Blasio have boasted about a continued drop in crime citywide, but a closer look at those numbers finds a disturbing trend being masked by an overall lower crime rate.

Murders and reported rapes across the five boroughs have spiked through the first two months of 2019.

Yeah, that doesn’t make the “overall” statistics seem very relevant to me.