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Originally posted by magicmushroom
TT whats the point in discussing the issue you have your views and I have mine
I do not need to rely on manipulated statistics or the tabloids or any other source because I see it every day of my working life.
do you want real police doing real police work or do you want civvies telling people what to wear
do you want the victims of violent crime to suffer at the expense of cheap policemen chasing petty crime.
Originally posted by ubermunche
And the reason the prisons are full up, repeat offenders, earning their stars and merity badges with paltry sentences might have have something to do with it.
The real culprit behind the rise in the prison population since 1995 is the extent to which the Crown Court has passed many more long and very long prison sentences.
Originally posted by timeless test
I'm not sure that I could pass judgement on whether or not someone's fear of crime was justified or not but what I am saying is that the best statistics we have say two things very clearly.
1. Overall, (i.e. across the whole country), you are less likely to be a victim of crime today than you were last year.
2. The vast majority of us are not victims of crime, particularly serious or violent crime. Indeed, if you take out of violent crimes those that are carried out by people we know very well such as spouses etc. then the figures are even clearer.
"Justified" is probably the wrong word but I would say that most people's perception of their likelihood of falling victim to serious crime is seriously over estimated. You may reasonably ask if the falling likelihood of becoming a victim of crime results at least in part from the fact that growing numbers of us won't venture out after dark and put ourselves at risk and I would have to say that there may be some truth in that.
We get the society we deserve and if we prefer to spend our hard earned in the pub rather than on our security some may say that we don't deserve it.