You may hear about these statistics on the news, if there's not a celebrity off shaving something while the cameras are watching.
When I see them, I like to compare the stats to past years, relate my local area to regional statistics... yes, it's a moment of geeking out with statistics.
Here's a comparison of Columbus, Ohio, violent crime rates to the Midwest:
The chart shows percentage change; negative numbers indicate a decrease of course.
Note that violent crime in general is down in the Midwest by %1.7, but up in Columbus by %5.
While Columbus has had fewer murders than the Midwest as a whole ( down %8 in Columbus vs. down %3.8 regionally ), rape is on the rise in Columbus by %11 while regionally it's down %7.1 .
Other numbers are similarly bad for Columbus. In robbery, we're up %5 while the Midwest is down %3 and in Aggravated Assault Columbus is up %4 while regionally it's down %0.2.
Rates for Violent Crime per 100,000 in Columbus Ohio are as follow:
|Violent Crime||Murder||Rape||Robbery||Aggravated Assault|
That's the problem with statistics... sometimes they tell you things you don't want to hear.