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June 28, 2007

What happens when you can’t fight back

Britain underreports crime statistics:

Professor Graham Farrell of Loughborough University and the former acting head of the Home Office’s Police Research Group, Professor Ken Pease, calculated that if the cap is ignored, the overall number of BCS crimes is more than 14 million rather than the current 11 million a year estimate.

Ministers claim the survey – which now polls 40,000 people a year about their experiences of crime, is the most reliable indicator of crime levels,

The authors said: “The unwillingness to believe the facts of chronic victimisation means that crime control, police training and criminal justice action are now substantially misdirected.”

In particular, the system means that the most vulnerable people in society may not be getting the police protection they require from repeat offenders, the report said.

I would’ve went with the most vulnerable people in society may not be getting the protection they need because only the bad guys have guns, but, of course, I’m just one of those crazy American rightwinger types who believe in the right to self defense. Nutty, I know.

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Actually the “UK gun ban” only restricts handguns. So, there are long arms (rifles, shotguns, etc) in the UK, apparently.
Doesn’t mean people aren’t made into victims by restricting guns, though.

Posted by: Pokerwolf at June 28, 2007 at 2:44 pm

It’s much worse than that. Yes, you can get a long gun in Britain, but it’s virtually impossible unless you’re rural and own land. And you can’t have a rifle, only a shotgun.

Posted by: Eric at June 28, 2007 at 6:21 pm

“Domestic violence is 140 per cent higher, up from 357,000 incidents a year to 857,000, the authors said, while there are nearly three million common assaults a year rather than the 1.5 million estimated by the BCS, a rise of 98 per cent.”
I think it is high time that we converted instances of Domestic Abuse into murders.
Armed drunks brawling in the street would make me feel a lot safer too.
“It’s much worse than that.”
Yeah, it’s awful not having a gun. The bane of my life infact.
The link must have broken since you posted – the report that came up for me didn’t mention guns.

Posted by: Urbane McMeercat at June 28, 2007 at 6:38 pm
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