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Opinion: Crime statistics misrepresented
The News Record
We've all heard it from President Nancy Zimpher, University of Cincinnati Director of Public Safety Eugene Ferrera, Cincinnati Police Chief Colonel Thomas Streicher and other political officials - crime is going down on UC's campus and in the surrounding community while claiming they have the figures to prove it.
That may be what they say and claim, but frankly, this isn't the case.
Crime data from 2007 is only available up to October at the time of this writing from UC and from Cincinnati Police; at first glance at the number of serious crimes seems to be going down. What these officials haven't said is that when taking a ten-month average from 2006 of crimes on all four UC campuses the serious crime rate is actually up.
Using the available data from the UC Police Department, there were 416 serious crimes from January 2007 to October 2007 and 457 in all 12 months of 2006. With two months still unreported in 2007, and we're only 41 incidents away from matching last year's numbers.
In fact, a 10-month average from 2006 shows a gain of nearly 36 incidents of serious crime in 2007 on all UC campuses. Cincinnati Police Department District Five shows a similar tale, with crimes nearly neck and neck for 2007 when compared to the ten-month average from 2006.
It's time University officials face the music.
Serious crimes that potentially have life-changing consequences for students, faculty and staff are occurring at the same if not higher rate. Crime is not down nearly 35 percent like President Zimpher said during her 2007 State of the University address.
I can live with petty theft but I wouldn't consider that when trying to decide whether or not the area I'm in is safe. Students are still not allowed to have any defensive items on them if they are in accordance with UC policies.
It's time to change this and let the students take responsibility for their own safety, as neither the university itself nor the two police departments can do the job. I know that blue help phones, university policies and signs sure aren't doing much.
Third-year mechanical engineering student
"...trying to get a long gun into play while someone is all over you like a monkey eating a cupcake is not very conducive to good survival techniques." ~Bark'n
Stats can be made to read in anyway you want them too.
"Just blame Sixto"
congratulation's on getting it published...
"a reminder that no law can replace personal responsibility" - Bill Clinton 2010.
First, please understand that I am NOT trying to defend the university here.
I have been a college professor in Oklahoma for over 25 years, teaching computer science and math. I know this about colleges: They HATE bad publicity.
Example: Once in the early '80's (before I was tenured) I was injured in a hammer attack that took out several of my teeth. (This was also when I was a sheep, long before I decided to carry). My department chair told me it was a good thing the incident wasn't in the newspaper, because if it had been he would have to fire me!
The sheeple mentality runs deep.
Anti-gunners seem to believe that if we just pass enough laws, we can have utopia. Unfortunately, utopia is NOT one of our choices.
Good article, I'm glad it was published. My wife started her first classes today at UC. I already sent her the link
The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools.
NRA Life Member
Good letter. As someone with a degree in things including criminology, you can make crime stats say whatever the heck you want, its easy to do. Good luck with Nancy, I've never been a fan of hers, even though I was never a student at UC.
Fortes Fortuna Juvat
Former, USMC 0311, OIF/OEF vet
NRA Pistol/Rifle/Shotgun/Reloading Instructor, RSO, Ohio CHL Instructor
90% of all stats are made up on the spot
Joking aside great letter, something i've always done when writing a letter would be to find someone who went through such an event and try to inculde their story. When you put in a name and possibly a face the facts seem to hit home a little harder.
"Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?"
I doubt most that I read.News and most studies are biased.