Of course, they cite nothing to support their bold claims — but then again any scientologist would NEVER even think to question the IAS. After all, this is the international association of the most ethical group on earth.
There is nothing to substantiate the figures of distribution at all, they pluck these numbers out of the sky usually. Someone paid for a printing of the booklets. They may or may not have actually printed that many. No doubt, however many they printed, they did NOT get distributed. Often they end up being dumped. And the “network of 1400 businesses” probably includes dropping a copy in a Starbucks and then counting the 600 Starbucks in the 65 square mile grid — or things of equally absurd “stat push” mentality.
But you can find some information about the crime rates.
Once again, they have some slim correlation but absolutely no evidence of causation.
A google search showed up this article:
Note — this is over 10 YEARS — if they distributed this number of booklets over 10 years it is so miniscule it’s irrelevant. If they did it all in a month, then it had nothing to do with a 10 year trend…
And apparently, the reason bicycle thefts have increased by 3 times is that they are not mentioned in WTH.
But what are a few facts in the face of hype for fundraising?
Remember the ridiculous claims they made about solving the drug problem in Colombia!