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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