Critics accuse FBI of underreporting crime

by ian


FBI crime data is under scrutiny after a sharp rise in Americans reported being victims of violent crimes.

The Bureau of Justice Statistics reports a 42% increase in victimization claims during 2021 and 2022. That’s a rate of 23 Americans out of every 1,000. But even though this number has surged, the FBI claims that violent crime dropped by 2% during that timeframe.

Critics now say the FBI’s data is incomplete and that the bureau and legacy media are providing inaccurate reports to support President Joe Biden’s re-election campaign. Biden nonetheless recently touted the alleged drop in crime rate.

Notably, three out of every 10 police departments didn’t report crime data to the federal agency. That means tens of millions of Americans are not represented by the federal dataset, including those covered by the NYPD and the LAPD. There are also wide disparities between FBI data and some local reports.