Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Why Carjackings?

If you haven't heard it yet, carjacking is jacking up in many cities. Meanwhile, if memory serves, other crimes like domestic violence, haven't seen anything like the same kind of increase. Why?

Well, like murders, carjacking is an evidence crime. That is, it's kind of hard to dispose of a dead body lying in the street without anyone noticing. With car jackings, the owner will typically have insurance and will want to make a claim. If they get jacked, why wouldn't they say that to the insurance agent? That gets reported.

Carjacking stats for Chicago. 2021 is on pace to hit 1700. Dig the arrest stats. No one is getting caught.

Domestic violence doesn't get tallied unless the victim calls the cops. If it's a guy getting whupped, he's unlikely to call because he'll probably be the one carted off to jail. If it's a black woman getting thrashed, is she going to call the cops and send a brother to prison? Well, what we learned from Jacob Blake's brave stand against the racist cops was that when a brother beats a sister, he is the hero of the piece. We've also learned from BLM that cops are trying to murder black people. The end result is that you can't be sure of the data.

As for domestic violence, analysts were only able to examine data from 12 cities. They found that there was “a significant increase” in these types of offenses during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the rate then leveled out to be roughly the same as it was in 2019.

I'm posting this because I saw a wacky news article where a Chicago politician wanted to ban the Grand Theft Auto video game because of all the carjackings. I'd ban it on general principal, but it was the leap in the stats that caught my eye. I might be wrong, but if murders and carjackings are up so dramatically, I'd sure bet that domestic violence is way up, too. 

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