delanceyplace.com 07/26/05 - crime rates

In today's excerpt - homicide rates in Europe over a span of centuries:

"Some people would argue that we don't do a very good job [of combatting crime]. But taking the long view, that is clearly not true. Consider the historical trend in homicide (not including wars), which is both the most reliably measured crime and the best barometer of a society's overall crime rate. These statistics, compiled by the criminologist Manuel Eisner, track the historical homicide levels in five European regions.

HOMICIDES  (PER 100,000 PEOPLE) -

    England   Netherlands & Belgium    Scandinavia   Germany & Switzerland   Italy 
13th &14th C.  23.0 47.0 N.A. 37.0 56.0
15th C. N.A. 45.0 46.0 16.0 73.0
16th C. 7.0 25.0 21.0 11.0 47.0
17th C. 5.0 7.5 18.0 7.0 32.0
18th C. 1.5 5.5 1.9 7.5 10.5
19th C. 1.7 1.6 1.1 2.8 12.6
1900-1949 0.8 1.5 0.7 1.7 3.2
1950-1994 0.9 0.9 0.9 1.0 1.5




author:

Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner

title:

Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

publisher:

Harper Perennial

date:

Copyright 2005, 2006, 2009 by Steven D. Levitt

pages:

18-19
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