Wednesday, June 27, 2007

British Crime Statistics

Three million crimes 'omitted from statistics' | Uk News | News | Telegraph Once again we find that the British Home Office is "cooking the books" when it comes to reporting the state of crime in the UK.
More than three million crimes - many of them violent assaults - are omitted from official statistics because repeat victims are excluded from the figures, a study has revealed.

Research by criminologists suggests that the public is being misled about the true extent of offending, particularly violent offending, as measured by the British Crime Survey (BCS).
So are things better or worse in Britain? I don't think we know.
When they recalculated the most recent BCS figures without the arbitrary cap of five crimes, they found that more than three million crimes were omitted.

Two million of these were violent or ''personal'' crimes, such as assaults and robberies, which rose from 4.1 million to 6.2 million, a difference of more than 50 per cent.

Household crime, such as burglaries and vandalism, went up from 6.7 million to 7.8 million, a 15 per cent rise.
The government is unmoved by these facts and are sticking to their statements that crime is under control.

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