Last week our director Richard Garside argued that 'data on different crime types is not what it's cracked up to be and most of the current explanations for observed crime trends are variously unevidenced and unconvincing.'
We know a lot less about trends in violence than we think and our explanations for their rises and falls are not up to much either, Richard Garside argues.
An estimated 234,509 people sought treatment at hospital accident and emergency departments across England and Wales in 2013 following serious violence injury, The Guardian, among other papers, reports today. This is a fall of 32,780, or 12 percent, on 2012.
Marian Fitzgerald, Visiting Professor of Criminology, University of Kent, argues that the official crime statistics fail to account for recent massive increases in cybercrime.
Professor Tim Hope argues that the most surprising thing about recent revelations that the police fiddle crime figures is that it should have come as any surprise at all.
A new report from the House of Commons Public Administration Committee claims that there is strong evidence that the police are under-recording crimes, with numerical targets giving officers a perverse incentive to mis-record offences.
PC James Patrick, who last year told the House of Commons Public Administration Committee that the police fiddle crime statistics, has resigned.
PC Patrick, who was facing disciplinary proceedings as a result of his revelations, said he resigned because of the way he had been treated:
'This resignation arises directly from my treatment as a result of making disclosures in good faith and in the public interest.
The Paris police engaged in a decade-long underrecording of crime incidents to make the French capital appear safer than it was, a government-ordered report claims.
According to The Daily Telegraph 16,000 suspected crime incidents were wiped from police records in 2011 and 13,000 in 2012. The claims follow a report last year that found that almost 130,000 crime incidents had 'disappeared' nationally in France between 2007 and 2012.