July 22nd, 2004


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Never take headlines at face value.

BBC Headline: "Violent Crime figures rise by 12%"

Halfway down the article:

Over half of all crimes now counted as violent do not involve any injury to the victim.

Violent crime such as common assault includes pushing and shoving, with little or no physical injury to the victim.

Many of these offences would not have been recorded under the old recording standard.

And in fact the BCS says that violent crime has fallen by 3%.

There are now 5.3 million fewer victims of crime than in 1995 and the risk of being a victim of burglary is now half that of nine years ago.

So that's ok then?

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There are only two people who can tell you the truth about yourself — an enemy who has lost his temper and a friend who loves you dearly.

I've learned that no matter how much I care, some people are just idiots. I've learned… that we don't have to change friends if we understand that friends change. I've learned that no matter how good a friend is, they're going to hurt you every once in a while and you must forgive them for that.

Sometimes....they come back.

There's a fox problem in Edinburgh at the moment - the new bins apparently mean that foxes can't get in the trash and are attacking pets instead - rabbits, cats, etc. The population seem to be split 50/50 on what to do about it, with my favourite quote being from the charity Advocates for Animals:

"We would oppose any lethal control and we would say that any of the recent calls to go back to the days of killing foxes should be ignored...It’s been shown not to work - the foxes just come back."

It's true - there have been many zombie foxes roaming the city streets.

More details on crime

If you pick up a newspaper, turn on the television, or listen to a politician, you would think that Britain was struggling to cope with a rising tide of violence and lawlessness. Binge drinkers, gun-toting gangsters, serial sex offenders and teenage tearaways appear to hold sway over large parts of the country.

Yet Britain's most authoritive crime survey published today reveals the country is enjoying the longest sustained drop in crime for more than a century.

In the past nine years, the number of crimes experienced by people in England and Wales has fallen by 39 per cent.

Surveys have found that readers of red-top and middle-market newspapers such as the Daily Mail have the greatest fear of crime and the fears are out of proportion with reality.

Other studies have found that when householders are questioned about crime in their neighbourhoods they have a more accurate idea of the scale; it is only when they talk about what is happening nationally that they have an exaggerated fear of being a victim.

There has, however, been a genuine rise in some types of crime. Homicide has been creeping up, linked to the rise in gun crime. Offences of extreme violence associated with drugs, particularly crack cocaine dealing, are also on the rise.

With the long-term decline in lawlessness, why then were Mr Blair and Mr Blunkett launching an anti-crime initiative on Monday, promising an extra 20,000 civilian Community Support Officers, and further crackdowns on anti-social behaviour?

Part of the reason is voters are still complaining about low-level crime in their neighbourhoods - vandalism and street yobs - and there is a fear the country's binge drinking culture could see a rise in violence.

More here.