Oops! The FBI accidentally published the wrong crime statistics to the public again in what is either sheer incompetence or an intentional act that seems to always involve Democrat-led cities.
This time, crime-ridden St. Louis is the subject of the goof.
“Another round of technical problems in the city police department caused the FBI to publish artificially low crime totals for the city for the second time in less than a year,” the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
“St. Louis police say problems in its records system prevented them from sending crime data to the state, as required by Missouri law, for more than three months, leading the FBI to mistakenly publish incomplete crime numbers for the city in its first-quarter national report this year,” the media outlet noted.
And members of the media using them to suggest that St. Louis is safe. And THAT is criminal. It affects behavior and theoretically puts your listeners, viewers, readers in harm’s way. Shameful.
— Bob Ramsey (@RammerSTL) October 4, 2023
The FBI conveniently came clean on its erroneous ways following a Post-Dispatch review of local, state, and FBI data that found the national report’s totals for St. Louis were too low.
“We have been candid about the issues surrounding our ability/inability to successfully transmit data,” St. Louis police Sgt. Charles Wall asserted in an email sent to the Post-Dispatch.
Wall stated that the police department is collaborating with Optimum Technology, which maintains its records systems, to fix the issue.
Asked if St. Louis was unhappy with Optimum Technology, Wall commented that the department continues to work with them and was “confident that any issues that may arise in the future will be addressed more expeditiously.”
“St. Louis’ outage and the FBI’s mistake are the latest setbacks as police here and across the U.S. transition to a different way of tracking crime called the National Incident-Based Reporting System. A longer data interruption here last year led the FBI to publish misleading annual totals for St. Louis, derived from just 11 months of data, in its major crime publications for 2021,” the Post-Dispatch continued.
And it won’t stop a certain political party from taking said numbers and touting them as an accomplishment.
— Notscarygary (@defnotscarygary) October 4, 2023
“The change to NIBRS was intended to give a more complete picture of crime across the country by capturing greater detail on incidents, victims, and offenders. But police agencies have struggled to make the switch, leaving enormous gaps in the data-gathering effort,” the news outlet explained.
The technical issues surrounding the records system in St. Louis have been going on for over three months beginning in April. That resulted in the city being unable to report some of its crime data from the first three months of the year.
In another justification, Wall pointed out that even though the St. Louis police failed to send detailed crime data to the state, which, in turn, sends it on to the FBI, it did post crime totals on its website.
The FBI also tried to cover its posterior by releasing a statement claiming that it is “working to develop additional algorithms against the publication tables to detect this type of anomaly.” The agency says it will update future reports with the right data once the system issues are fixed.
People in the USA: look around you. Look at Chicago, D.C., Philadelphia, Baltimore, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, St. Louis and the rest.
They have turned us into a leftist hell hole.
Don’t ignore it. Look at it.
Rampant crime, no repercussions. It’s on purpose. Stand Up!
— Gregory DeLaere (@GregDeLaere) October 3, 2023
This isn’t the first time this has happened in St. Louis. It happened last October after the Post-Dispatch wrote another report on a similar occurrence. That instance was even worse with the St. Louis police failing to report crime data to the state for eight months beginning in December 2021. The FBI’s system counted the data as a full year from St. Louis, severely underestimating crime in the city.
Data analyst Jeff Asher has noted severe problems with the FBI’s quarterly reports. For the fourth quarter of 2022, he concluded that the FBI gave much lower murder totals for Dallas, Cincinnati, Columbus, Ohio, and Memphis, Tennessee, than agencies reported in other publications.
“The quarterly data is mostly useless,” Asher, who is the co-founder of AH Datalytics, contended.
The city of St. Louis is having technical difficulties in reporting crime statistics.
“we cannot compare this year’s statistics to last year’s”
[Church Lady voice] “How convenient.” pic.twitter.com/n70wOaVuvy
— Honey Badger (@SalsaPrice) November 30, 2021
“The Department of Public Safety awarded the city two grants last summer worth more than $110,000, even as St. Louis was at least six months behind in reporting crime data. It’s not clear yet if St. Louis has faced any grant withholdings this year,” the Post-Dispatch reported.
The St. Louis Police Department stands out in Missouri for its erroneous reporting of crime statistics.
“St. Louis seems to be the only department of its size in Missouri to have had extended, multi-month interruptions. Police departments in both Kansas City and St. Louis County have continuously reported crime data without stopping for longer than four weeks since they obtained certification for their new systems from the Highway Patrol in recent years, spokesmen for both departments confirmed,” the media outlet wrote.
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