Friday, November 20, 2009

Big drop

In yesterday's post, I suggested making a table of thefts from vehicles from 2002 through 2008. If anyone did so, you noticed a dramatic drop--a trend I've blogged about before. This is one of the offenses that is most likely to victimize your average Lincoln resident, and it is nothing to snarf about: the dollar loss, damage, and inconvenience is huge. So a reduction of this magnitude represents a very nice result for the citizens of Lincoln. Here's what that would look like on a chart:


Anonymous said...

What, no trendline?

Anonymous said...


Have you read Freakonomics by Steven Levitt? He offers some interesting theories about the major drop in crime in the 90's, among other things. It seems like it would totally be up your alley, as it's full of statistics, charts and graphs.

JIM J said...

I would like to see a chart of how many people have stopped reading the Arrrrrrr posts that have the silly pictures.

Cash said...

Do you think that the demise of CD catalogs and the rise of the MP3 (which a person is probably more likely to take with them) contributes very much?

Tom Casady said...

6:46 -

For a trend as obvious as this, a trendline would just clutter the chart.

8:03 -

Yes, in fact I think I have referred to it previously here in the Chief's Corner.

Jim J -

I could be wrong, but I tend to think ARRRRG!!!! comments are more popular than my posts.

Cash -

That's a very interesting thought. CDs were certainly the hot commodity in the 1990's, and that could indeed be one factor in this phenomenon.

Anonymous said...

# of people reading arrrrg!!!! posts > # of people that read jim j's blog

Anonymous said...

Factory stereo head units are getting better and better all the time, giving buyers less reason to upgrade to an aftermarket head unit. Factory units are almost always VIN-keyed to the vehicle's main CPU, and thus aren't valued as swag.

Chief, when was the last time that a factory head unit was stolen in a LFA? It happens, but once in a blue moon.

The audio systems that are targeted are those with aftermarket head units, amps, and speakers (especially external-box subs). All-factory stereos are effectively safe as houses. You can upgrade the speakers, but use the factory grilles, and it'll be hard to see that there aren't crummy paper cones behind them.

Factory GPS units aren't generally targeted in LFA crimes either, for the same VIN-keyed reason. They're a LOT more expensive option than an aftermarket GPS unit, and some of them lock out certain functions unless you're parked - but you don't have to take them with you to avoid having them ripped.

Anonymous said...

Keep the Arrrrg posts coming Chief. I always look forward to them. For those that don't know what Arrrrg refers to just remember when clicking on a link in one of his posts NEVER have anything in your mouth. Spraying coffee or donut pieces all over your keyboard can be messy.

Gun Nut

Anonymous said...

I look forward to ARRRRGH's posts!

Anonymous said...

I hope ARGGGH never finds out about the small (but highly interesting) pirate spider.

JIM J said...

To November 20, 2009 10:04 AM:
Ahhhhh, you give my inner child child a spanking.
So I must ask. You do not like my blog?
I know one person who has read it.
Guess whoooooo?

ARRRRG!!!! said...

To Jim J:

I forgive you.