Friday, 4 June 2010

A law and order truth

As their election silly season approaches and politicians start their we-are-tougher-than-them law and order preaching, just keep in mind this little chart from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
The ABS reported that comparing 2009 to 2008, the number of victims decreased across all offence categories with the exception of murder (1% increase), attempted murder (1% increase) and blackmail/extortion (60% increase). The largest decrease between 2008 and 2009 in the number of victims was the 19% decrease in kidnapping/abduction victims, followed by a 9% decrease in motor vehicle theft.
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