New crime figures

Below is raw data from the latest published crime figures from the British Crime Survey for 2010 :-

  • Overall crime down by 3%
  • crimes recorded by police fell 6%
  • sexual offence crimes up 3%
  • burglaries up 14% although domestic burglaries down by 7%
  • Household crime showed no change together with violent crime
  • Risk of being a victim remained static at 21.4%
  • The largest falls in crime were for criminal damage and damage to vehicles, down 17% and 12% respectively
  • Firearms offences fell 7% in 2010.
  • Knife crime fell by 4%  from some 30,500to 29,250
  • Aassaults causing grievous bodily harm or actual bodily harm fell by 11%, from 14,660 to 12,998.

As always, this is a very mixed bag set of figures, dealing with a very complex set of situations and variations from region to region. It remains to be seen what effect the likley reduction in police budgets will have on crime rates in the forseeable future. we will be keeping a close watching brief on this.

Human Rights & prisoners

Prisoners Human Rights

In an interesting new case, a prisoner serving a life sentence for murder has obtained legal help worth up to £12,000.00 to challenge his treatment in prison.

The prisoner, David Bieber, is suing the prison service, arguing that his human rights have been breached due to him being  categorised as an  Exceptional Risk prisoner, which in turn means he is in a secure underground unit and prevented from use of prison facilities such as the gym. He argues that his human rights have been breached because he has behaved well.

It will be interesting to see how this case develops, we will keep a “watching brief”. Thanks to this page sponsors, solicitors in manchester.

New survey on sentencing reform

Tories too soft on crime ?

Recent research suggests that the public do not agree with the current Government’s intention to reduce prison occupancy by increasing the amount of community sentences instead.

In a recent poll of more than 2,000 adults, 8 out of 10 state that community sentences are a “soft punishment”, and the figure is higher among police officers and most thought that prison life should be made harder as a deterrent to reoffending, borne out by the fact that 58% of those asked stated that they believe that prison does not work. Most of those polled also seemed to think that crime had risen over the past 14 years.

Without doublechecking, the above figures seem to the writer to be pretty consistent with previous polls over the years, in which the public generally seem to have similar views, yet it is unclear whether the public are fully aware of the very high cost of keeping individuals in prison and that there is an overcrowding problem already in prisons. This debate seems intractable and is always a highly political issue, so it remains to be seen whether the government will alter it’s position for political reasons or maintain the position as part of the stringent legal cost cutting now starting to kick in. Watch this space !

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