Monday, April 10, 2006

Cautioning against statistics

Rape cautions increase by 21 in ten years.
Rape cautions double in ten years.

The above headlines are both factually correct but who would be "shocked" that the number of rape cautions has increased by 21 over ten years!?!

1 comment:

Wolfie said...

I spotted the flaw in those figures too, well done. It is also out of context as it doesn't allow for the fact that reported crime figures have escalated in that time. Mind you, a caution for rape just beggars belief - I got an £80 fine for riding my motorbike at 33 mph in a 30 zone at 06:30 AM on a bank holiday.