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a sudden rise in the crime rate

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This research builds on the literature documenting the construction of crime waves and associated media campaigns.
However, the statistical evidence of the incidence of crime, including assault and violence, did not always justify the claims that the Gold Coast was experiencing a crime wave, or that it was deserving of the label of 'crime capital of Australia' (GCB, 23 July 2011: 4; 8 August 2011: 25; 1 December 2011: 7).
A range of perspectives and material from parties involved in public discussion about the 'crime wave' were encompassed by the search.
Headlines suggested that the Gold Coast was experiencing a 'surge' in crime, 'wave of crime', 'wave of violence', epidemic of crime and 'gun crime wave'.
Over the study period, the GCB published more than 24 reports calling for additional policing resources, the retention of additional resources provided to respond to the 'crime wave' and the continuation of special task force arrangements initiated by the QPS.
Analysis of the GCB reporting of a local crime wave revealed a highly politicised media campaign.
The compromises in resource allocations that occur when the news media construct a crime wave are obscured by the focus on the inadequacy of the political response and continued media attention to the crime wave.
Contributing factors to the political response to the 'crime wave' on the Gold Coast included the state and local government elections in early 2012 and the apparent benefits that might accrue for a then unpopular premier to be seen to be acting decisively in response to the 'crime wave' by allocating more police.
A displacement-induced crime wave model assumes that changes in crime opportunities will motivate a significant subset of offenders to engage in similar crime switching adaptations, expectation being that the crime wave will therefore be associated with a concomitant decrease in other related offences.
It is not unreasonable to argue that offenders previously involved in such frauds discovered a new crime opportunity (counterfeiting credit cards instead of stealing them), realized in increasing numbers that this opportunity yielded higher pay-offs, and collectively produced the observed crime wave pattern reported by bank authorities.
However it may well be that it is safer to do so, and that the overall net pay-off (rewards discounted by risks) could in principle trigger a displacement induced crime wave, namely a sharp increase in counterfeit credit card frauds and a concomitant decrease in other credit card frauds.
If no displacement occurred, then we should drop one of the four basic assumptions of the displacement-induced crime wave model (spelled out at the onset of this study).
We now begin to understand why the crime wave was not the result of a crime displacement effect from stolen-based to counterfeit credit card frauds.
The counterfeit crime wave observed in Canada is not simply the aggregate outcome of independent and stationary offenders behaving similarly in different areas.
Nor did crime wave unravel in the same way across jurisdictions.