…and statistics

BBC: Burgled pensioners 'die early'
Pensioners who are burgled are far more likely to die earlier than others of a similar age, a Home Office study suggests. The Home Office research, seen by BBC News, shows [my emphasis] burglary has a greater impact on the elderly than previously believed.

Shame on you, BBC: you should know that a correlation doesn't prove a causation. Yes, it's possible that being burgled might lead to an earlier death, but isn't a more plausible explanation that people who live in deprived areas are (a) more likely to die earlier, and (b) more likely to be burgled? The Home Office is creating an agenda, and the BBC isn't being nearly sceptical enough.

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  1. Or perhaps these pensioners are losing the will to live when faced with trying to claimmoney off their insurance companies.

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