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Crime Around the World

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Comparing crime across countries with different legal systems is notoriously difficult.  Official crime statistics come with issues about which crimes to include in the index, varying definitions of crime, different reporting rates, and other problems.

From Gallup comes this simple basis of comparison.  "Do you feel safe walking alone at night in the city or area where you live?"


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Among the American left, it is nearly an article of faith that Europe handles its crime problems better than the United States.  Why, then, do the Europeans feel less safe?

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are the stats about crime or about fear of crime? how do the crime stats play out? maybe Europeans are just more sensitive to crime or folks from US & Canada are less scared overall.

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