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August 30th, 2008

Violent? Us?

Posted in The Job - General by 200

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, “The figures are not directly comparable as there have been major changes in the way violent crime is recorded. The term “violence against the person” is now used rather than “violent crime”.

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, who’d have thought it?