I thought Tari said Bloomington was LOW crime!

by:  Diane Benjamin

Not so fast Tari.  Maybe you didn’t know about this report.  Or maybe you did and decided to pretend it didn’t exist.  Maybe you will explain.

The below is from CBS Chicago in a report dated December 16, 2014

Not including Chicago, here are the 10 Illinois cities with the most violent crime:

1. Rockford
2. Springfield
3. Peoria
4. Champaign
5. Aurora
6. Joliet
7. Harvey
8. Waukegan
9. Bloomington
10. Decatur

It isn’t your imagination that crime is up.  There is a link in the article to statistics for violent crimes by city.  I don’t remember seeing any press coverage of the large numbers listed in Bloomington!  (I’m not surprised either)  Has the local bird-cage liner done an editorial demanding the City spend money to protect citizens and drop the Quality of Life spending?  I must have missed it.

Read the report here:  http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2014/12/16/the-10-most-dangerous-towns-in-illinois/

The article comes with a disclaimer:

The FBI cautions against drawing blanket conclusions from the rankings, saying there are many factors that affect crime.

“Each year when Crime in the United States is published, some entities use the figures to compile rankings of cities and counties. These rough rankings provide no insight into the numerous variables that mold crime in a particular town, city, county, state, tribal area, or region. Consequently, they lead to simplistic and/or incomplete analyses that often create misleading perceptions adversely affecting communities and their residents.”

6 thoughts on “I thought Tari said Bloomington was LOW crime!

  1. Also interesting–but Oh So Politically Incorrect, and therefore hidden–are the demographic make-up of those crime statistics. They were surreptitiously shared with me a decade ago–somebody risked their career–and are just mind blowing!

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  2. “….Consequently, they lead to simplistic and/or incomplete analyses that often create misleading perceptions adversely affecting communities and their residents.”

    Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians) 157 30,690 504,711
    Police officers /1000 residents 2.0 2.6 3.3

    There are a total of 157 Bloomington police officers. This results in 2.0 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 23.1% less than the Illinois average and 37.7% less than the National average.

    Bloomington is safer than 29.6% of the cities in the nation.
    The crime rate in Bloomington is less than 17% of the cities in Illinois.
    The chance of being a victim of a crime in Bloomington is 1 in 34.
    The chance of being a victim of a violent crime in Bloomington is 1 in 196.
    The chance of being a victim of a property crime in Bloomington is 1 in 42.

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    1. The chance of being bullied by the mayor if you don’t agree with him and especially if are a woman smaller than him are an estimated high percentage.

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