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How much crime really occurs? Don’t ask t he feds.
From: InfoSec News <alerts () infosecnews org>
Date: Wed, 12 Dec 2012 00:34:20 -0600 (CST)
By Aliya Sternstein
December 11, 2012
The United States has no accounting of how much crime there really is
nationwide because FBI statistics do not reflect cybercrimes and other
offenses that have cropped up since reporting began in 1930. But that
might change in 2013.
“Millions victimized by fraud and online crimes, but this is often not
captured,” Justice Department officials tweeted during the first meeting
in 82 years to figure out the best crime indicators. Deputy Assistant
Attorney General James Burch microblogged the event Wednesday, posting
comments from attendees such as the previous quote from a Major Cities
Chiefs Association representative.
“We have no idea how much crime there really is,” program consultant
Paul Wormeli, a former deputy administrator of Justice’s Law Enforcement
Assistance Administration, said in an interview.
The current -- and, most would agree, outdated -- taxonomy of offenses
is the Uniform Crime Reporting system. Right now, the national
statistics index is limited to violent crime, murder, forcible rape,
robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny theft, motor vehicle
theft and arson. This regime masks the extent to which drug trafficking,
or gun trafficking for that matter, fuels other crimes, experts note.
The possible correlations are a flash point in the current debates over
legalizing drugs and controlling the border with Mexico.
Next year, Justice officials expect to release an updated crime
nomenclature and data mining technology to describe transgressions in
meaningful contexts, such as the degree to which heroin plays a role in
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