Violent Crime Stats Need Context

First, the good news — as was emblazoned in the recent headline: “Violent Crimes Decline in 2003.” The number of reported violent crimes in Tampa dropped nearly 9 percent last year. For stat buffs and those who live in the abstract, that also calculates to 10.8 crimes per 100 people — a not insignificant decline from 11.3.

Now, for some context. While robberies were down, rapes and homicides were, well, up.

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