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Editorial: No, the Bay Area is not in the midst of a crime wave

Editorial: No, the Bay Area is not in the midst of a crime wave

Crime is personal, and statistics are scant consolation to its victims, whether their loss is as small as a car window or as incalculable as a loved one. It’s one reason visceral anecdotes drive crime news and perceptions: the viral video of a man brazenly loading goods into a garbage bag at a San Francisco Walgreens; the attempted robbery interrupting a television interview of Oakland’s head of violence prevention. It’s also why we have a huge, costly system dedicated to punishing the perpetrators. The trouble is that perceptions of crime can be harnessed for political advantage and...

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