Calling the cops prevents crime

This article cites a recent study that found that crime victims who called the police were 22% less likely to suffer a repeat offense, compared to victims who did not file reports. Overall about half of assaults, robberies, burglaries, and thefts are not reported.

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4 Responses to “Calling the cops prevents crime”

  1. Gunther Says:

    Doesn’t mean much when the criminals are cops and their fellow cop won’t do a thing about it when it comes to things like rape by the police, police threatening or injuring people who film them, etc.

  2. Gary Cordner Says:

    Gunther, the types of misconduct that you mention do occur, but no study has ever found that they occur with much frequency. The police have millions of contacts with people every year. The vast majority of people who have contact with police report being satisfied, especially victims. So saying that this study’s finding “doesn’t mean much” just doesn’t square with the study or the facts.

  3. Gunther Says:

    I agreed but you wonder how much of what I say goes unreported due to fear of police retaliation and intimidation or if it is reported, the paperwork is never processed at all which kind of makes it hard to determine how much or how little it is occurring.

  4. Gary Cordner Says:

    There are lots of different reasons why people don’t report, that’s for sure. But keep in mind this study used national victimization data (interviews of a random sample of people), not police records.

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