Atlanta police chief on new crime state definitions

- Atlanta's police chief predicts the number of rapes in the city will double.

That certainly sounds alarming, but Erika Shields said, the upcoming stats do not really tell what is happening with one of the scariest crimes.

Crime data is confusing, and police brass said a new definition of rape as a crime will be why the number, on paper, will jump.

The chief in a meeting with Atlanta City Council delivered a warning about the change in the rape data. She also conceded other crime categories are confusing. For example, if you live in a condo and your vehicle, as well as ten others, are broken into, they are all lumped together as one crime.

Shields said crime data is the city's responsibility, but her managers do not make up the definitions. That is done by federal law enforcement.


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