We've spoken before in these pages about how bureaucrats "fudge" statistics to present the most favorable image to the public. It's long been the practice in many cities to either not record, or mis-classify, violent crimes, in order to allow local politicians to boast that they're being "tough on crime" and point to the statistics as evidence that they're doing a good job.
Of course, the reality is the diametric opposite. City crime, particularly inner-city crime, is way up across the country, and getting worse. Therefore - inevitably - the efforts to mask that are getting more blatant by the day. Philadelphia is the latest example.
"They're definitely cooking the books," agreed one veteran detective. "At least 50 percent of them [suspicious deaths] are really homicides, and that's being generous."
The murder rate in Philadelphia -- already the second-highest in the nation among the ten largest cities -- is on a record pace this year with 255 murders as of Aug. 2nd. That's a 34 percent jump over this point in 2019, when we had only 190 homicides. At that monthly rate, the city will hit 437 murders for the year, the highest number since 2006, when the city racked up 406 murders. The all-time record, which could be broken this year if the weather stays hot, is 497 murders in 1990.
Along with a record number of murders, the number of dead bodies being classified by the cops as "suspicious" is also on the rise. So far this year, there have been a reported 97 deaths classified as "suspicious," which kept them out of the homicide total. While the department faithfully tracks homicides, it does not publish annual statistics for suspicious deaths.
About the rising number of suspicious deaths this year, the veteran commander said, "Most are definitely being used to hide homicides." He speculated that of the 97 suspicious deaths, as many as 80 of the cases marked "S" are probably murders.
There's more at the link.
There are many other crimes that are not being properly classified. Take rioting, for example. How many actual riots, involving property damage and/or injury to citizens, have taken place in cities like Minneapolis, MN, Portland, OR or Seattle, WA over the past few months, yet have never been recorded as such? Instead, they're noted as simply "creating a disturbance" or "simple assault" or "disorderly conduct". Those aren't felonies, and therefore don't show up in the serious crimes statistics.
This can have a direct and immediate effect on people across the country. If you're looking to move to a safer place, and rely on official statistics to decide what fits that category, the odds are fairly good that you'll be misled - but in the absence of accurate information, no-one knows they're being misled (unless they have access to local people who can tell them more accurately what's going on). In the same way, national crime statistics are skewed, because the FBI and the Justice Department can only classify the crimes reported to them by local and regional police forces. If those reports are incomplete or manipulated, that'll carry over to the national figures as well.
Just one more thing to be aware of as you try to chart a safe course for yourself and your loved ones through the mess that is America today . . .