Monday, June 14, 2010

StatsCan releases stats on hate crimes in 2008

For those who might be interested in this kind of thing.

One of my beefs with this system is that it's based on the number of reported crimes.

Just because a crime was reported doesn't mean legal wrongdoing took place.

And oh yeah...

Information from police indicates that year-over-year changes do not necessarily reflect actual increases or decreases in the incidence of this type of offence since the number of hate crimes recorded in a given area can be influenced by many different factors. (...) In other words, the rate of hate crime in a given area may be more indicative of reporting practices by the public and local police services rather than prevalence levels.