Just a little statistic I noticed in a recent edition of Police Review, it came from a question put in the Houses of Parliament by MP David Taylor who wanted to know how many violent crimes were recorded in England in 1987, 1997 & 2007.
Vernon Coaker, parliamentary under-secretary for the Home Department said, Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“The figures are not directly comparable as there have been major changes in the way violent crime is recorded. The term Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“violence against the personĂ˘â‚¬Âť is now used rather than Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“violent crimeĂ˘â‚¬Âť.
There were 132,947 offences recorded by the police in England in 1987, 233,441 offences in 1997 & 967,638 offences in 2006/2006.
Is that really an increase in over 300% in just 10 years? Britain becoming a more violent place, whoĂ˘â‚¬â„˘d have thought it?