Above are the crime stats for Maricopa county Arizona in 2009, with census data below it. This is the home of Sheriff Joe Arpaio. And it seems pretty impressive how far below the National and State Averages he is on most offenses, except one.
Murder is the only stat you can't fudge. People can't decide not to call in murders because they are afraid to deal with the police. If you are Latino in Maricopa (31% according to the census) are you calling in an assault? What about a car theft? If you are a latin woman raped in Maricopa county, are you calling the police for help?
Beyond the above anecdotes, let's just use some common sense. Do you actually believe there were over 300 murders in Maricopa county and only 1 robbery?
I point this out to remind everyone there are lies, damn lies, and statistics. As anyone who watched the wire knows, these are clearly manipulated numbers for political effect.
The only number you can't fake is murder. You can call everything else something else, or just decide it isn't a crime. Murder is a body that goes to a hospital or morgue that does it's own numbers that you can't fake to make you look good.
Unless you honestly believe there were 327 murders and only 11 assaults.