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2007 Douglas County crime stats higher than state average


There was more crime in Douglas County last year, as compared to the state average.According to [recent statistics released by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation (PDF)][1], in 2007 there were 55 crimes for every 1,000 people living in Douglas County. That compares to the state average of about 41 crimes committed for every 1,000 Kansans.Law enforcement agencies reported 111,048 crimes in the state last year; 6,292 were reported in Douglas County. There were 11,385 violent crimes in the state and 480 in Douglas County.The good news is things look better than in 2006, when there were about 61 crimes reported in Douglas County for every 1,000 people. But, that still topped the state average, which indicates there were 43 crimes for every 1,000 people living in the state.No word yet on 2008, but for us here in the NewsCenter, [it's sure seemed busy][2]. [1]: http://www.kansas.gov/kbi/PDF/Crime%20Index%202007.pdf [2]: http://www2.ljworld.com/news/crime/


Brian Laird 9 years, 8 months ago

I think that we shouldn't rest until EVERY county in KS has a crime rate that is lower than the state average!!! ;)

geniusmannumber1 9 years, 8 months ago

This is just another example of the lazy, irresponsible reporting that's becoming endemic, not just to the LJW, but to the media in general.1. Crime rate decreased from 2006-2007.2. I'm not going to bother to look up statistics for 2008, even though statistics for the first quarter are readily available.3. I am nevertheless going to imply, apparently based solely on the number of articles we decided to publish on crime, that crime is getting worse.Ah, well, whatever pulls in the readers.

BlackVelvet 9 years, 8 months ago

well duh....the vast majority of COUNTIES in Kansas have far fewer people than DOUGLAS COUNTY does. If you compared DOUGLAS county's crime stats to Shawnee or Wyandotte, or Sedgwick, what would the results be then? Probably different.

McShindig 9 years, 8 months ago

Actually, genius you're inferring that crime is getting worse, not implying.

geniusmannumber1 9 years, 8 months ago

I guess I made that complicated by speaking in the first person while pretending to be the author.

jakenming 9 years, 8 months ago

This is horrible journalism.And to link at the end to all the crime stories from the year...what's next? Newspaper is no better than tv news.Tell us how crime compares to years past. Scare tactics to boost readership. tsk tsk

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