Al's Rantings

A view of the world from a hillbilly perspective.

Location: Virginia

I was born and went to school in the heart of the Appalachian mountains, in southern West Virginia. After graduating from college, I got married, and began working in Bristol, TN. I have have various jobs from Tennessee to up state New York and a few points between. Now I work in West Virginia. Some day, I want to live in Alaska.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics

According to two recently released reports, Roanoke is a tough place to live.

In fact, it is the second most dangerous city with a population over 75,000. Richmond was #1.

The mayor does not believe it. He believe the city is safe and the stats are flawed. He says

"It's disturbing that criminal statistics are being reported as reality," Harris said. "Any criminal justice 101 textbook will tell you that criminal statistics are flawed."


"... adding to the confusion and complexity surrounding the issue, he said that some crime statistics for Roanoke are inaccurate and there is a "glitch" in the crime reporting system."

So crime stats are flawed, inaccurate, and there is a glitch in the system. He does not know where the flaw is, but it is there.

Forget the facts and stats, the mayor has a feeling that Roanoke is safe.

I would like to hear Ms. Elenaeous' take on this information.


Blogger Ms. Elenaeous said...

I should have called the Mayor to come and fix my mailbox that was bashed in the other night in this so safe city. Glad he has a "feeling" the city is safe. What gangs???? Talk about "ostrich syndrome" sad.

8:26 AM  
Blogger John said...

Well, it's probably a pretty good crime record if you skip murder or arson.

4:02 PM  
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