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Break-and-enters are increasingly viewed as a precursor to sexually violent crimes. So why do police forces misclassify and mischaracterize them? (Shutterstock)

How police underestimate break-ins as gateway crimes for sex predators

Break-and-enters are consistently common among incarcerated sex offenders as their first, or gateway, offence. But police forces' statistical manipulation allows them to go entirely undetected.
Police tape is shown in this May 2017 photo. Are Canadian police forces using an array of imaginative methods to inflate their solved crime rates? THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graeme Roy

How police ‘cook the books’ on solved crime rates

Police forces use widespread and often dubious practices to inflate their solved crime rate. Here's how, and why, they do it, according to an expert on violent crimes and serial offenders.
A woman holds a flag as she looks out over the National Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Threats of violent Islamist and far-right extremism: What does the research say?

Data on violent incidents in the US reveal that our focus on Islamist extremism since 9/11 may be misguided.
In response to the surge of crime in the mid-1990s, suburban dwellers in South Africa began to fortress their houses. Shutterstock

Beyond the unthinkable? City dwellings without security walls

In response to high levels of crime, South Africans have turned their homes into fortresses, seeking security behind high walls. But doing so might be counter-productive.
A man walks among crosses outside Pretoria, South Africa, representing farmers killed in violent attacks. Reuters/Juda Ngwenya

Illegal guns fuel violent crime, wreak deadly havoc in South Africa

South Africa's homicide rates have declined consistently since democracy, but remain among the highest in the world. They are about four times the global average at more than 30 per 100,000 people.

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