Creative Research Practice Assignment 2Perceived vs. Actual Crime Rates WEE, Jieun BAE, Byoungyoon LEE, Jueun KOH, Kyle
Data Selection Why Crime Data ? Perceived Crime (more or less crime than the previous year?)- Americans still perceive crime as on the rise2/3 say crime increasing in U.S. as of 2010. * Source: Gallup. http://www.gallup.com/poll/144827/americans-perceive- crime-rise.aspx
Data Selection Why Crime Data ? (cont’d) Perceived Crime (those who described crime as extremely/very serious)- Americans still perceive crime as on the riseAmericans are much less concerned about the crime problem in their local area, as 13% say the crime problem is extremely or very serious where they live. * Source: Gallup. http://www.gallup.com/poll/144827/americans-perceive- crime-rise.aspx
Data Selection Why Crime Data ? (cont’d) Actual Violent Crime (per 100,000 population)- Decreasing since the early 90s.Constant increase until the early90s, and ever since, constantdecrease in total violent crimerate per 100,000 population. * Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics.
Data Selection Why Crime Data ? (cont’d) Actual Property Crime (per 100,000 population)- Decreasing since the early 90s.Constant increase until the 1980,and constant decrease in totalproperty crime rate per 100,000population since the early 90s.Sudden decrease in the mid 80s. * Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics.
Questioning Why the Discrepancy ? A Possible Explanation for the Decrease in Actual Crime Rate During the 1980s and 1990s, RICO laws were used to convict numerous- Many other somewhat high-level mobsters. By the start of the 21st century, the American Mafia “seemingly” reasonable was a shadow of its former self. (RICO: Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations) explanations A Possible Explanation for the Increase in Perceived Crime Rate Americans perceptions of crime may also be influenced by their generalEx)“CSI Effect” assessments of how things are going in the country. Americans generallyHeavy TV-crime viewers believe the crime situation to be better when their satisfaction with national estimated two and a half times conditions is high, as in the late 1990s, when the economy was strong, and more real-world deaths due to in the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks, when patriotism and support for murder than non-viewers. political leaders surged.People’s perceptions also were distorted in regards to a number of other serious crimes. Heavy TV-crime viewers consistently overestimated the frequency of crime in the real world. * Source: Galluo. http://www.gallup.com/poll/1669/General- Mood-Country.aspx
Questioning Why less concerned about the crime problem in their local area ? Demo- To get some insights for thisquestion, looking into the crimedata of the States over timeseems necessary.