You can use Compare Stuff to monitor trends in public interest of any topic through time – either by day of the week, recent months or recent years. Here’s a comparison of “gun crime” vs. “serious fraud” over recent years:

Let’s bombard you with some more criminal trends – remember it’s just the public perception (or the internet-publishing public at least), not the true incidence rate. If an old crime gets a new name, for example, it will show a big increase. Identity theft might fit in this category.

While the next plot shows a probable increase in murder and a blip for “human trafficking” almost certainly related to the 2005 film of the same name (there’s no avoiding results like this – it’s how Compare Stuff works!).

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