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Policemen and Crime Rates

I suspected that while there is this great and general concern about crime rates, the ordinary policeman or even the higher ranking officers are not fully conversant with what is going on.

So today I asked a policeman friend, rank Assistant Superintendent of Police, “Can you tell me how the crime rate is calculated?” He said they look at the number of crimes committed, focusing on “serious crimes”like robbery, rape etc. “How do you calculate the crime index? He was at a loss.

I say no more.

Filed under: Crime rates,

How to Measure Crime Rates

I have been following the discussions in the newspapers about the apparent rise in crime rates in Malaysia. I checked Wikipedia and understand that one common way of calculating crime rates is to total up the number of “crimes” committed for every 100,000 of population. Lets say that the total “crimes” committed is equal to 1000 for every 100,000 for a year. The crime rate is therefore 1% per year. Apparently there could be some anomalies as some would think that we should only count those which have been convicted as opposed to counting those that are reported. And then most people would argue that the number of crimes are realistically much higher as not ALL crimes are reported. SO the crime rate is realistically much higher.

I suppose what is important that if we want to compare we need to be consistent. Assuming that we count crimes reported (I suppose this is the simplest given how the police in Malaysia are fully computerized) from year to year. We can then easily note the changes form year to year. Of course we can count all the 3 categories that we have mentioned and make comparisons. This can be quite interesting. Perhaps if we want to just measure crime rates in 1 country then we just focus on the figures year on year and make the comparisons.

If we want to compare between countries then we collect data for all the categories and make comparisons.

So far I have not seen the Royal Malaysian Police clarifying what actually they have been doing. Can the IGP enlighten us? How about the Home Minister?

Perhaps the shopping malls and other public places can be ordered to keep data on the robberies, snatch, theft, murder, or rapes that happen on their premises against the number of visitors to their mall. We can then compare which mall is safer…

Filed under: Government,

Verbal Assault v Physical Assault

Everyday teachers in school “scold”, admonish, verbally assault students for doing something “wrong”. They do this openly in front of all the students. While the students cringe and keep a brave face the turmoil going on inside and its long term effect is not studied or appreciated. And so caning is not ok but public hiding is ok!

Sometimes we hear of teachers being physically attacked by students. I suspect that if we were to study the background, you will find that somewhere leading to that event, the teacher would have scolded, insulted the student to cause him/her to lose face among his/her peers. Teachers very often do not appreciate the dynamics in the inter-relationships among the students. A person who considers himself a leader among his friends or is respected by the other students finds himself at the end of a teacher tongue -lashing. How will he respond?

Let me pose a question to all teachers. What would you do if your headmaster were to “scold”, insult you in front of all your colleagues? In situations where you are close enough and angry enough would you not strike out at your headmaster? In such cases it is always the HM who is at fault.

The teacher insults the students daily! Yes. We all can go sit outside a classroom. When the student respond the student is wrong, the student is naughty, children today are gangsters etc.

Just think about this for a while…calling all teachers please.

Filed under: discipline, education

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