July 22nd, 2012

We need more incident rooms

Posted in The Job - Comment by 200

So, crime is down this year, by almost 4%. Apparently, around 4 millions crimes were reported last year. It’s the lowest crime rate since 1989.

The Telegraph is bemoaning the fact that the police only solve 1/4 of all offences. I’m not sure how they think we should be solving all these crimes, given that the vast majority of crime is committed by people unknown to the victim, who are never seen by anyone.

In contrast 95% of drugs offences are solved. This isn’t so wonderful when you bare in mind that most drugs offences are only recorded when we catch someone with the drugs. All the times we don’t catch someone are not recorded since we don’t know about it. Maybe the Telegraph thinks that everyone who takes drugs are ringing us up to report that they got wasted last night, so we can get the figures to match those for burglary, damage and theft.

95% of the 552 murders recorded last year were solved. What does that tell us? Maybe that if you put a Detective Superintendent and a whole incident room full of detectives and civilian staff on the case of Mrs Miggins missing plant pots, you might get a much higher detection rate there too.

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3 comments

  1. Whinger says:

    Crime down my ass!

    More fiddling of figures if you ask me!

    July 23rd, 2012 at 19:48

  2. Tony F says:

    I reckon Gadget has it right, most people don’t report crimes, ‘cos they know it’s a wast of their time.

    July 23rd, 2012 at 20:01

  3. PETE THE PLOD says:

    figure fiddling , ‘cadder’ , response times that are so sloow that some of the bad guys even wait ,and get the bus to leave the scene,mountains of paperwork designed to keep cops off the street and away from the numpties,more and more cops on foot and less and less cars and despite the bus thing most of the crims have cars ( and generally use them ),non reporting and false reporting (some one stole my iphone …..no you lost it and your insurance doesn’t cover that or your mum’s gonna be mighty pissed when you left it at your arse), we may only ‘solve’ 25% but how is it 75% of all journalist dont investigate the facts and then write s**t!

    July 24th, 2012 at 10:49

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