Stephen Farrall highlights new research suggesting that successive right-to-buy policies from the early 1980s on has left social housing tenants far more vulnerable to property crime.
The assumption that rising unemployment means rising crime is challenged by new research to be presented at an event at the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies on Friday, 18 September. The research finds that the association between unemployment and property crime – which was strong in the 1970s and 1980s – weakened after 1995 and became non-existent by 2005.
Professor Susanne Karstedt and Dr Stephen Farrall put forward a thoughtful and challenging contribution to the debate about ‘crime’ and ‘criminality’ and role of the market. Whilst politicians have professed to be enacting criminal justice policies in a bid to protect the ‘law abiding majority’ the findings presented here question to what extent this majority is particularly ‘law-abiding’.