Wednesday, August 04, 2010

What is unreported crime?



Yesterday Treasury Board Minister Stockwell Day made the claim that unreported crime has increased. At first I really didn't think much of what he was saying. In later reflection I thought what exactly is an unreported crime?

Is it....

- the dog owners who don't clean up after their dog defecates on my lawn?
- the people next door disturbing the peace at 5:00 am who make unhuman like sounds mixed with profanity while having sex?
- the old man who holds up traffic by driving his rascal down the middle of my street?

Or is it ...

- a government who breaks their own election law without a single member of that party filing a grievance or complaint?
- ministers who leave sensitive government documents lying around?

In any case I am somewhat confused by what Mr. Day was trying to establish with his statements. In the end I could not follow his logic as to how these unreported crimes demanded more prisons.

Leave your comments below of what you think an unreported crime may be...

5 Comments:

At 6:23 PM , Blogger CoteGauche said...

I think the biggest area of unreported crime must be failure to complete the StatsCan long form.

 
At 8:45 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Check out this analysis on the real reason for the new jails: it depends on the definition of "crime:"

http://blog.paulmckeever.ca/2010/08/04/shedding-light-on-day-unreported-crimes-code-for-cannabis-offences/

 
At 10:00 PM , Anonymous Rod said...

Just off the top of my head, I would say that an unreported crime is a crime that no one reports such as spousal abuse, or gang violence. Crimes that ARE happening that we aren't aware of, or people know that they're happening but don't them report to the authorities out of fear or complacency.

 
At 10:48 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

B&E's (home and auto) ,vandalism etc. are clearly underreported.

Claiming an auto related crime simply leads to higher premiums,not to mention very high detuctables.

Unreported crime benifits the gov't's bottom line. If it isn't reported then they don't need to investigate it or spend valuable time and money in the courts.

 
At 6:30 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unreported crime is a form of corruption. It stems from activities and actions that are deemed illegal but are still done by large groups of people who protect one another. Unreported crime is the only way we can be humans in this terrible society.

 

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