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Are muggings and home invasions really that rare in US cities?

I have trouble understanding why the US does not seem to have the violent random street crime epidemic that other countries south of the border suffer from. My region, for instance, (with a population of several millions) has a murder rate which is almost the same as the US average (8 per 100k people). Yet both locals and international visitors alike can tell you that the chances of being robbed on the city streets here are much higher than in say, Miami, L.A. or Chicago. [more inside]
posted by Basque13 on Jul 4, 2015 - 54 answers

Examples of internet detective squads

I'm looking for examples of internet amateur detecting and/or exposing crimes, frauds, etc., ideally through fora, but also blogs or mailing lists. For example, MeFi's Kaycee Nicole work, or (as a negative example) Reddit's misplaced accusation in the Boston Bombing. The more direct links you can provide, the better.
posted by klangklangston on Jul 3, 2015 - 20 answers

What happens after a passerby reports a violent crime?

Witnessed a violent street crime, called 911, and described the agressor. What next? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 1, 2015 - 7 answers

Crime novels like The City and the City

I think China Mieville's The City and the City does a great job of taking a familiar detective/murder mystery premise and twisting in a very unfamiliar conceptual or sci-fi way. What are other books or short stories that do the same -- tell a familiar crime story but with a big genre/conceptual twist?
posted by lewedswiver on May 11, 2015 - 32 answers

How can I stay safe in Fruitvale?

Is Fruitvale BART as bad as people keep telling me? [more inside]
posted by Cat Pie Hurts on Apr 14, 2015 - 35 answers

Stolen debit card used at ATM... how?

I lost my debit card in a crowded bar/concert venue and someone used it to withdraw cash from an ATM twice. How were they able to do this? I can't think of a scenario where they could have figured out my PIN. [more inside]
posted by pimmscup on Apr 5, 2015 - 48 answers

I'm looking for real life examples like The Shining.

And by Shining type cases, let me say that English ghosts and psychic kids are of course a bonus but in no way necessary. What I'm getting as is I'm trying to do some research on cases of murder or near murder brought on by isolation. Where can I find examples of dark deeds brought on - or exacerbated by - people being stuck somewhere far away from others?
posted by rileyray3000 on Mar 9, 2015 - 8 answers

My friend drugged someone

My friend gave another friend a pot brownie without his knowledge or consent (he is foreign & naive & terrified because he thinks he's going to get deported). I am furious at the friend who did this, and am struggling to maintain social graces in public. I have to see him in class, and I want to punch him. What can I do to feel and act normally in public? [more inside]
posted by Chaussette Fantoche on Feb 25, 2015 - 46 answers

How can my fiancee translate her work in human rights law from UK->US?

My fiancee is planning to move to Chicago at some point later this year--if all goes well with our engagement, of course ;). She has a GDL (law conversion) degree (in addition to non-law undergrad and postgrad degrees) from the UK and is looking for advice, first and foremost, on the "lay of the land" and things to keep in mind in transferring environments. [more inside]
posted by Lockeownzj00 on Feb 17, 2015 - 5 answers

Case studies of FBI foreign investigations? Nonfiction only.

I'm looking for case studies, meaty articles, well-researched (or first-person!) true crime books, etc. about foreign investigations conducted by the FBI, or about foreign investigations in which the FBI provides substantial assistance. I am especially interested in the procedural side of conducting these investigations, both on paper and in reality. [more inside]
posted by Sticherbeast on Feb 16, 2015 - 2 answers

Needz mawr electronic content

My wife is having surgery this month which comes with a likely long recovery period. To help get her through this time we are looking at stocking up on new TV series and podcasts to keep her mind occupied during this time (aka electronic content!). What gripping-crime-drama TV series or that's-a-cool-idea-I-never-heard-about-before podcasts would you recommend? [more inside]
posted by thetarium on Jan 23, 2015 - 48 answers

Compelling true-life mysteries that end with a definite resolution

The final episode of Serial will be released this Thursday, and I fear that there will not be any sort of satisfying conclusion to the central mystery of what, exactly, happened to Hae Min Lee. So, as an antidote to the frustration that I'm likely to feel soon, I'm looking for real (non-fiction) mysteries that do get resolved in an unambiguous way. [more inside]
posted by akk2014 on Dec 15, 2014 - 18 answers

Why are the ages of cars always mentioned in Parker novels?

I've started reading the the entirety of Richard Stark's Parker series, and I can't help noticing that the ages of cars are always mentioned. It's never just a Pontiac, it's a "two year old Pontiac." Or, "The Cadillac was four years old." Did cars in the '60s have ridiculously short life spans? What's the deal?
posted by cthuljew on Nov 21, 2014 - 16 answers

Preventing good old-fashioned crime

We live in a semi-urban, rust-belt neighborhood that has too many garage burglaries and home invasions between 2am and 5am. Our police department responds to calls but does not have the staff to frequently patrol our area. We have neighborhood communication channels to report incidents after they happen and to encourage neighbors to keep things locked up. What are some effective (and cost-effective) ways to get more people to make their homes and streets undesirable targets, and to make more burglars feel that they might be caught in the act or afterwards without having vigilantes patrol?
posted by michaelh on Nov 20, 2014 - 19 answers

Recommend some books! Not-for-me edition

What do horror, Louis Theroux "Weird Weekend", thrillers, the show catfish, and crime fiction have in common? That's right, stocking stuffers for Mr Moonlight. [more inside]
posted by Ms. Moonlight on Nov 14, 2014 - 14 answers

Should I contact the FBI, even if I don't have any hard evidence?

I'm a mid-level staff member in a multinational corporation. In the past three years, 2 employees who work in different departments from mine have been arrested and indicted for insider trading. Given this short time span and the financial stakes involved, it would not surprise me if there are others. That being said, I do not have any hard evidence. As ridiculous as it may sound, I have considered contacting the FBI about becoming an informant. However, when I was first hired, I signed a 20 page employment agreement which, amongst other things, included a confidentiality agreement. Should I just keep my mouth shut, and assume that the authorities have better methods of detecting criminal activity? Is having someone on the "inside" a moot point anyway, since so much of insider trading is uncovered by computer forensics? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 22, 2014 - 23 answers

Baccarat and money laundering

Why is baccarat more conducive to money laundering than other casino games? Or is it just that it was already the most popular game in places (e.g. Macau) where there's already a lot of money laundering going on?
posted by neat graffitist on Sep 17, 2014 - 6 answers

The name of a nonfiction book about true crime

The title is on the tip of my tongue, but all the words are common enough that Google isn't helping: a recently released nonfiction book that is about the phenomenon of crime writing (i.e. why we enjoy reading about murder) rather than about a specific case. [more inside]
posted by pretentious illiterate on Aug 3, 2014 - 4 answers

How dangerous is East Palo Alto?

I'm a single male in my late 20s, currently living elsewhere in the Bay Area. EPA has the following attractive features for me:
  • Quite is quite close to my new job
  • One of the few places in the Peninsula which I could reasonably afford to buy property (I don't want to be renting for the rest of my life).
  • Reasonable chance of strong appreciation in property prices over the next 15 years.
However, it also has a reputation as a dangerous city. [more inside]
posted by pzad on Jul 26, 2014 - 9 answers

Home security in a low-crime world, for security-minded people

DH and I will be moving from an upper-floor apartment in a moderate-crime neighborhood of a big city to a single family house in a low-crime (and to be frank) affluent suburb. We're having a little trouble translating our expectations about home security. What is a reasonable level of home security to aim for when the burglary rate is 1/10th of where we're coming from? How safe can you get when you've got glass panes in your door, and windows everywhere? Can you help us sort this out? [more inside]
posted by 5845(f)(1)(D) on Jun 30, 2014 - 10 answers

Someone I admire committed horrible crimes.

This question is about a professor I had in college. The crime in question involves child porn. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 21, 2014 - 25 answers

I need a list of minor crimes

For a project of mine, I need a list of petty crimes, misdemeanors, and minor offenses. Think things like stealing pencils, jaywalking, siphoning gas, or taking home a roll of toilet paper.
posted by fake on Jun 4, 2014 - 41 answers

Young adult novel about becoming a girl becoming a fugitive?

In the late 90s, I read a lot of young adult novels - the plot of one in particular has stuck with me for years and I think about it way too much. If you could help me track it down I would be forever grateful. Basic premise, a teen girl sees something she shouldn't while at her father's house and she then goes on the run. [more inside]
posted by cessair on Jun 2, 2014 - 2 answers

The Wild West versus Gangs of New York

On a per capita basis, have urban areas always been more violent than rural areas? [more inside]
posted by dances_with_sneetches on May 28, 2014 - 9 answers

Scam, Quick Ripoff, or Just Kids at the Mall?

So I was sitting in a common area at our local mall while my wife was shopping. I was checking mail on my phone, and a couple of young men, somewhere between 18 and 22, I would say, came up to me. One of them had an old-looking iPhone in his hand. He asked if he could use my phone to "call his mom," since his phone had no SIM card in it. He offered to let me hold this phone as "security" while he made the call. I just waved them off with a shake of my head and they sorta stomped/wandered off. I have been debriefing this with myself for the last hour or so. [more inside]
posted by Danf on Mar 28, 2014 - 34 answers

We know whodunnit - but why?

I've been hugely enjoying the TV series Cracker recently, and one of the things I like about it is that we see the details of the murder/crime first, and then the rest of the story is about the police and psychologists figuring out what happened, then finally why. Are there any novels that take a similar approach? [more inside]
posted by mippy on Mar 22, 2014 - 18 answers

Research Help in Another City - Atlanta Crime Edition

I recently discovered the identity of a long lost relative who is deceased. Apparently he was in and out of prison his whole life for serious crimes. This was in the Atlanta area from the late 50s thru the 80s. Is there any kind of service available that could search local newspapers for articles about his arrests or trials? [more inside]
posted by hamsterdam on Feb 7, 2014 - 7 answers

Literary crime fiction

What are some decent, non-idiotic, contemporary crime/mystery novels? [more inside]
posted by denika on Jan 8, 2014 - 46 answers

How is distillery formed?

How do newcomers enter the spirits business when distilling without a permit and or without paying excise taxes is a federal crime? Home distilling is not a viable gateway hobby like home brewing. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Nov 18, 2013 - 20 answers

How safe is Clinton Hill, Brooklyn?

I've been living in Brooklyn Heights for two years. It's expensive and kind of boring, but definitely very safe. I'm moving soon and found a place I love in Clinton Hill close to Pratt. I love the beautiful architecture and artsy vibe. I was ready to sign a year's lease but then I did a bit of googling and found out that Clinton Hill and Fort Greene were found to be the 6th most dangerous neighborhood in NYC. Is Clinton Hill really that dangerous? I am a 95 pound woman in my 20s, not super street smart, but familiar with the Subway and Brooklyn in general. Is moving to Clinton Hill a bad idea? Am I doomed to moving to Park Slope instead just to be safe? Will I be okay in Clinton Hill as long as I don't walk home alone at midnight - which I do in Brooklyn Heights now? Or conversely, is it on the dangerous level of not walking alone any time after dark?
posted by anonymous on Nov 17, 2013 - 14 answers

Math for CSI

My girlfriend is applying for to work for the city as a crime lab trainee, a position they will train her for, but will be tested for basic knowledge (they are looking for someone with a two-year degree, apparently in anything). The test will include math. What do you think she will need to be sure she's solid on? [more inside]
posted by Bunny Ultramod on Nov 1, 2013 - 7 answers

"You a cop? No? Then please sign these documents."

So, by now everyone knows that it is not entrapment if a police officer lies when asked if they're a police officer. It's just an urban legend, probably spread by police officers themselves. But what if you ask them to sign an affidavit swearing to the fact that they are not a police officer? Would that work? [more inside]
posted by gkhan on Oct 30, 2013 - 22 answers

Creepy mysterious packages sent to my house- help!

A few weeks ago, a package was sent to my apartment from someone I didn't know in Chicago ( I live in California) They had my full name and address and I had never heard of their name. The package contained one cheap hairbrush with the tag still on. I assumed it was a mistake and forgot about it. There was no note. [more inside]
posted by tessalations999 on Sep 28, 2013 - 9 answers

The ins and outs of having a car stolen in Chicago

Our car was stolen. Police here seem to shrug it off. Is there anything else I should or could be doing, or just take it as a rather abrupt lesson in the transience of possessions? [more inside]
posted by sixtyten on Sep 26, 2013 - 16 answers

Should I have called the police?

Should I have called the police? And in the future, when should I? [more inside]
posted by rawralphadawg on Aug 10, 2013 - 26 answers

That's a lot of Slim Jims and Slurpees

A friend's credit card recently was compromised, which she found out when her bank's security team flagged two $900+ transactions a few minutes apart. At a 7-11 of all places. What most likely actually happened here? [more inside]
posted by Naberius on Jul 2, 2013 - 21 answers

These lawsuits involve horrible things like rape and human trafficking

These lawsuits involve allegations of rape and human trafficking but no criminal charges have been applied. Is there something in these complaints that notes criminal charges pending? I'm having trouble with the legalese. [more inside]
posted by ezekieldas on Jul 1, 2013 - 3 answers

Have you had an immobilizer-equipped car stolen?

Have you had an immobilizer-equipped car stolen? By immobilizer, I mean the cars (typically post-2006) that have a ROM chip in the key which is required for authentication to start the engine. If so, how was it stolen? If you have such a car, has someone attempted to steal it and failed due to the factory-equipped immobilizer?
posted by thewalrus on Jun 11, 2013 - 5 answers

Sprial, Season 1, Episode 8?

What the heck is going on in Spiral, Season 1, Episode 8? *SPOILERS UNDER THE CUT* [more inside]
posted by rainbowbrite on May 24, 2013 - 0 answers

I'm pretty sure the first letter was G, but maybe it as a 2.

How do police departments use/search partial license plate information in their investigations? Or incomplete information about cars generally? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Apr 18, 2013 - 5 answers

Is there a link between the length of time between crime and trial?

Is there a link between the length of time between the time a crime's committed and the time the suspect/perpetrator is condemned guilty or not guilty? [more inside]
posted by addelburgh on Apr 2, 2013 - 8 answers

How does one become an FBI (or similar) agent?

I'm a late-twenties adult finishing my BA a little late. I'm still a little unsure as to what I'd like to do, but I've always had an interest in solving crimes. What are my options for doing this as a career, preferably NOT for a local police department, at least in the long term? [more inside]
posted by ancient star on Apr 1, 2013 - 20 answers

Crime, Insured!

Might you recommend crime fiction written by women? [more inside]
posted by Gin and Comics on Mar 16, 2013 - 14 answers

When Will Texas Execute a Corporation?

In light of this FPP about Elizabeth Warren grilling some regulatory flunkies about how they never take banks to trial, I was wondering: Has anyone ever made an Equal Protection argument that their prosecution / conviction / sentence for some crime is discriminatory in light of the slap-on-the-wrist that corporations get away with? Has anyone ever succeeded with such an argument? [more inside]
posted by spacewrench on Feb 17, 2013 - 9 answers

Egging!

My family's house was egged. What can I do, and how should I react? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Feb 8, 2013 - 16 answers

"Safe" is so relative.

Best statistical resources for comparing crime by neighborhoods? [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon on Jan 26, 2013 - 9 answers

Are there good crime novels set on farms or based around agriculture?

I was wondering if there are good examples of crime novels set on farms or based around agriculture. Novels like In True Blood, or Gillian Flynn's Dark Places or the new Image Comics series Revival. I'm interested in discovering if there's more crime fiction not set in cities, but more rural and based around farming.
posted by Peemster on Jan 14, 2013 - 29 answers

Educate me on these crime statistics

The Wikipedia page on statistics about rape shows a very high crime rate for countries like UK, US and Australia in stark contrast to, say, India. The gap can't be explained simply by under-reporting, as that exists in all these countries (even assuming different rates of under-reporting). Is it because these countries have different definitions of rape? Or something else? [more inside]
posted by vidur on Jan 13, 2013 - 32 answers

Real Life Royston Vasey?

Are there any real-life historical examples of the Small Town With A Terrible Secret horror trope? Towns where long-term, ongoing crimes (or unsavory religious practices one supposes) where purposefully covered up and kept hidden from the outside world and any attempt to investigate them resulted in the investigator being detained, thrown out, or killed?
posted by The Whelk on Jan 4, 2013 - 35 answers

Put the Old Bill on me...

[UKMediaFilter]I really enjoy police/detective procedural dramas (series and "movies") from the UK (BBC, ITV, etc). Seen thus far: Luther, Whitechapel, Thorne movies, Inside Men, Sherlock, etc. Recommend me! [more inside]
posted by kuanes on Dec 19, 2012 - 33 answers

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