Thursday, January 24, 2013
Crime Figures Again
The press is once again trying to make some sense of the latest crime figures. I have frequently touched upon the figures and what we should make of them. I stand by my view that the figures are driven by so many variables that they are next to useless. The British Crime Survey is about the best we have, and even that isn't too much help. Now that police priorities are being radically changed and activity limited by cash constraints, we just don't know what is going on. The overwhelming majority of crimes are never reported, and a significant proportion of those that are never reach the courts. Sorry not to have a quick answer, but ther isn't one, I'm afraid.