February 19, 2014 |
A new study broadens a notion held by the earliest criminologists: Periods of higher temperatures -- on an hour-by-hour or week-to-week basis -- are likely to produce more crime. The study by Matthew Ranson of Abt Associates, a research and consulting firm in Cambridge, Mass., suggests global warming will trigger more crimes including murders and rapes over the next century, with social costs estimated to run as high as $115 billion. Between 2010 and 2099, climate change can be expected to cause an additional 22,000 murders, 180,000 cases of rape, 1.2 million aggravated assaults, 2.3 million simple assaults, 260,000 robberies, 1.3 million burglaries, 2.2 million cases of larceny and 580,000 cases of vehicle theft, the study published this week in the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management says.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 18, 1998 |
In an analysis of newly released FBI statistics showing a dramatic drop in area crime, six Orange County cities were among 20 of the largest nationwide reporting the lowest overall crime rates. Property crime in the county's large cities dropped at more than three times the national rate of decline, which was about 4%, and continued a trend toward lower crime rates. Orange County's 6% decline in violent crimes also outpaced the national average of 5%.
November 26, 2012 |
How much should you believe a new survey that calls UCLA the most dangerous university in the country? About as much as you believe all those eye-catching lists that rank the best place to live, or the most pedestrian-friendly place to live or -- you get the point. Rankings almost inevitably leave out key information or inflate other data. The results aren't necessarily invalid, they're just not necessarily useful either. In the case of the "danger" rankings by Business Insider, the data have a certain, but limited, validity.
June 18, 2012 |
Forget, for a moment, everything you think you know about the crime rate. Because it's probably wrong. The United States is almost safer than ever, according to the latest statistics from the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting Program, the nation's bible for crime stats. Despite the recession, despite joblessness, despite guns and drugs and Al Qaeda, murder, rape, robbery and assault dropped 4% in 2011. That continues a long fall from violent crime's high in the early 1990s - a plunge that continues to astound everybody.
March 13, 2014 |
Computer algorithms drive online dating sites that promise to hook you up with a compatible mate. They help retailers suggest that, because you liked this book or that movie, you'll probably be into this music. So it was probably inevitable that programs based on predictive algorithms would be sold to law enforcement agencies on the pitch that they'll make society safe. The Los Angeles Police Department feeds crime data into PredPol, which then spits out a report predicting -- reportedly with impressive accuracy -- where " property crimes specifically, burglaries and car break-ins and thefts are statistically more likely to happen . " The idea is, if cops spend more time in these high-crime spots, they can stop crime before it happens.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 2012 |
A shortage of fingerprint experts at the Los Angeles Police Department has caused a large backlog of unanalyzed fingerprints, resulting in long delays to thousands of active criminal investigations. The LAPD's beleaguered Latent Print Unit has failed to analyze fingerprints from about 2,200 burglaries, auto thefts and other property-related crimes, according to department figures. Detectives wait on average between two and three months to get print results back from the lab, LAPD officials said.