From Linda James (in the Seattle area):
The statistics have always been manipulated by the cops. When I was a deputy, the sheriff had certain crimes categorized as completely different crimes to reduce the stats in certain high profile categories, such as burglaries of homes described as “illegal trespass.”
Now I can tell you that, in many areas, the majority of business owners handle crimes, like shoplifting and employee theft, themselves. And people have stopped reporting some crimes because the cops don’t do anything anyway.
Crime is NOT down. Reporting is down.
In my area, armed robberies and burglaries are way up, and so is homicide against cops. We’ve had 9 cops ambushed and shot in this area.