News Ltd is surprised by the results of a recent study on beliefs about crime in Australia:
A MAJORITY of Australians continue to believe crime is soaring when it isn’t, and that courts treat offenders far too leniently when they don’t.
The survey showed a significant majority believed crime had increased during the past two years with 41.7 per cent saying there was a lot more crime and 23.2 per cent saying a little more. Just under three per cent said there was less crime.
Actual crime statistics show a decrease in four major categories – murder, break-ins, car theft and theft – during the same time, the study said.
Australians also over-estimated the rate of violent crime.
Almost a quarter said violence accounts for up to 80 per cent of all crime, yet the true figure is 10 per cent.
Respondents also underestimated the rate of conviction for those charged with violent crime.
The real conviction figure is between 91-100 per cent, correctly nominated by just 1.8 per cent.
Similarly, almost 70 per cent estimated that under 30 per cent of home burglars go to jail.
The real figure was 31-40 per cent.
Fortunately commenters on the News Ltd story are proud of their poorly-informed impressions, and refuse to be swayed by statistics from the real world. How would these elitist researchers know what the facts are, just because they’ve gone and done the research rather than simply jumped to conclusions based on regularly misreported newspaper beatups? Who do they think they are?
“They’re full of crap”, declares Scott of NSW, defiantly.