Thursday, July 20, 2006

We Have Low Crime rates - Well Sort Of

The BBC reports that violent crime in Kent has risen by 16% over the past year, according to figures released by the government.

The rise is the biggest in the south east region and compares to a rise of 2% nationally. See Thanet.

Theft, criminal damage and car crime have also gone up, but Kent's crime rates are still among the lowest in England and Wales.

Dave Ainsworth, Assistant Chief Constable at Kent Police, said the rise was "disappointing".

There were a total of 147,112 crimes in the county over the past year - an increase of 10,672.

Ed: So while the nasty violent drunken stuff is on the increase other crimes – theft of garden gnomes etc – are low, which is nice!

1 comment:

Mr Friday said...

I particularly liked John Reid's response:

"This is largely driven by a rise in the numbers of young people carrying expensive goods, such as mobile phones and MP3 players,"

Classic. Does that mean if I buy as few electrical gadgets for my house it is natural that I expect to be burgled ?

If you haven't got a decent response, blame the victim.