In response to a dubious "study" commissioned by a Craigslist competitor that concluded the shady handjob and used laptop mecca is "a cesspool of crime," the San Francisco Chronicle's James Temple puts things in perspective:
Law enforcement linked 330 crimes, including twelve murders and 105 robberies or assaults, to the popular San Francisco classified ads site last year, according to an analysis based on media coverage set for release this morning by the AIM Group.
Let's take a moment to put these numbers in perspective.
Craigslist has nearly 53 million unique visitors per month, according to comScore Inc. That means that 330 crimes breaks down to an effective rate of 0.000006 per visitor.
If Craigslist was a city, it'd be 146 times larger than Oakland. Yet Oakland had 116 murders, 4,488 burglaries and 4,129 felony assaults in a recent year, while Craigslist had 117 incidents across those three categories in 2010.
For those crimes, on a per population basis, Craigslist is nearly 11,000 times safer than Oakland.
So, next time you're meeting a random dude on a dark street to pick up a (probably stolen) DVD player, just remember—at least you're not in Oakland! [SF Gate]