The most recent report on crime data that were provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) revealed a downward trend in criminal activity across the country.
According to a report by the New York Post, the authors of the study omitted the statistics from major metropolitan areas such as New York and Los Angeles, both of which have seen significant increases in criminal activity over the course of the previous year. One cannot help but speculate as to why this was the case.
Because of the change in how data are collected, 469 out of 593 law enforcement agencies, including the infamous New York Police Department, failed to disclose its crime statistics. There were parallel developments in other states with high levels of criminality, such as California, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.
Jillian Snider, who serves as the policy director for the criminal justice and civil liberties team at the R Street Institute, asserts that the material gathered by the FBI cannot be used to draw any meaningful conclusions.
She claimed that determining the true level of crime across the entire country in the United States is difficult since there is such a significant absence of law enforcement presence.
When one examines actual reports, one obtains a considerably more worrisome image of the current state of law and order in the United States, as was pointed out by Josh Sugarmann, the executive director of the Violence Policy Center.
In this country, we are facing a catastrophe in terms of the number of people killed by guns, and communities are looking for answers. The number of people killed by firearms is at an all-time high, but there is less information available than there has ever been before, according to our records.
He went on to say that the data presented in the FBI study is obviously biased, and he speculated that this was done for partisan purposes.
He continued, "What's interesting, just walking through it, is that some of the states that have the most extensive reporting systems in place, states like California, New York, and New Jersey, have some of the lowest participation in the NIBRS program."
Sugarmann believes that the choice made by the FBI to gather data on crimes in a different manner could be a disastrous move that has arrived at the worst possible time, as a result of which nobody will have an accurate picture of the United States.
The preceding is a summary of an article that originally appeared on Headline USA.