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Another thing that the analysis doesn't take into account is the fact that a relatively small percentage of the people in Midtown at any given moment actually live there. The neighborhoods that get the worst scores by this formula are all heavily trafficked by tourists, and many of them have more office buildings than dwellings. Calculating the "per capita" crime rate for such areas based on the number of residents is very misleading.


Wealthy areas often rank high for larceny: that's where the criminals find the good stuff to steal!

This reminds me of the annual lists of the Most Stolen Cars in America (for example, http://www.cnbc.com/id/42786485/America_s_Most_Stolen_Cars?slide=9) The top cars stolen are usually popular cars like the Camry, Corolla, Accord, and Civic, instead of expensive cars like Lexus and BMW. As the CNBC website states, "What makes them attractive to thieves is that these makes and models are easy to steal and the parts don’t change much from year to year.... As a result, [they are] a popular target for thieves all across America."

Robert Young

Equally biased: those who consider (esp. in today's situation) all jobs to be equivalent. All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.

Ken N.

Simpson's Paradox



I agree with RickWicklin, most common cars are in the most stolen vehicles list every year.

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