Monday, August 20, 2007

More on the British Culture of Crime

Gangs, alas, are offering what boys need | Harriet Sergeant - Times Online This is an interesting article about the gang culture in Britain. It is written by a statist, so it is lamenting the lack of even more government control of the lives of British citizens. Kevin, over at Smallest Minority, has a great review of the article and everything that is wrong with it. But what caught my attention was the insight into British crime statistics.

One of the many odd things about the British home office and their reliance on the British Crime Survey over the actual count of reported crimes is that the BCS doesn't count crimes against people under 16.
The Home Office admits that young men aged 16-24 are most at risk of being a victim of violent crime. But only at the beginning of this year did a Freedom of Information request to each of the 43 police forces reveal that four out of 10 muggings are committed by children under 16 — and that is only the ones reported.
Look at that again. According to the BCS the most victimized group is 16-24 year olds, but then the BCS doesn't count any victims under 16. Do you think the 15-year-olds enjoy a crime-free existence? Neither do I. So how many crimes is the British Home Office (and the British Crime Survey) sweeping under rug? It is really hard to say.

Consider this story, The teenage terror list - Independent Online Edition > Crime from March of 2006.
25+ PER CENT OF all rapes recorded by the police are committed against children under 16 years of age
If the BCS is ignoring 25% (or more) of the rapes because they happen to victims under 16 years, what does that say? That these crimes are not important? Or that the Home Office wants - desperately - to paint a picture of a safe and secure Britain when it really doesn't exist. Rape is a serious crime, and to be leaving 25 percent of rapes out of your crime stats is also a serious crime, of another nature.

How many assaults happen to those under 16? I can't find the answer this morning. Shouldn't it be part of the Home Office reporting?

So what is the real state of Great Britain with regard to crime? I don't think anyone knows, or I don't think anyone outside the Home Office knows. What we do know is that the situation is much worse than the British Home Office wants everyone to think when the publish the British Crime Survey each year.

[This post is an attempt to update/magnify the statistics on British Crime, from a previous post on US crime rates versus British Crime Rates, and the effect of the games played by the UK Home Office on the reported rates.]

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