The Curious Case of Crime in the Media #infographic

 The Curious Case of Crime in the Media #infographic

Crime Headlines vs. Reality— What do you learn about the world around you from the local coverage of crime? How do headlines compare with what the police report in their city to the public about crime? We took a look at the news coverage of crime in four major US cities for a week to find out. We then contrasted that with what the police announced in those cities on crime the same week. This is what we have found.

Crime Headlines vs. Reality— What do you learn about the world around you from the local coverage of crime? How do reports compare with what the police say in their city to the public about crime? We took a look at the news coverage of crime in four major US cities for a week to find out. We then contrasted that with what the police announced in those cities on crime the same week. It's not shocking most of what we find.

The media cover 20-30% of the time these types of crime, despite the fact that murder accounts for less than 1% of the crimes committed. In Oakland, the city ranked best for accuracy, police reports show killing as a.8 percent of crime, while media coverage of crime focused 62 percent of the time on murders.

If you lived in Oakland this week and read the news, we'd be surprised if you didn't shake your bed after every night's pop. People of Oakland would have been better served by data about burglaries, larcenies, and car thefts— crimes that many residents might defend themselves from, and that together made up 57 percent of that city's crime.

 The Curious Case of Crime in the Media #infographic


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