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Stuart Lister quoted in article about the recent decline in crime rates

25 April 2014 |

Stuart Lister has been quoted in an article discussing the results of a recent survey suggesting that crime in England and Wales fell by 15 per cent last year.

The article, entitled ‘Are Britain’s streets really the safest they’ve been for 30 years?’ questions whether these results can be trusted. While a reduction in theft, criminal damage and robbery have been witnessed; in contrast there has been a sharp increase in cyber-enabled offences and sex crimes.

There are two main measures of recording crime; an annual survey and the number of crimes recorded by police forces in England and Wales. However flaws have identified in the conduction of these surveys, as it doesn’t use interpreters non cover school-age children or the homeless.

Lister responds to the comment that ‘reported rapes have increased by 20 per cent and sex crimes against children rose by one-third’.

“It could be that victims of sexual offences are more willing to report because they have greater trust and confidence in the police – but some of the evidence before MPs last year implied the opposite was happening in terms of misrecording and under-recording”.

The full article can be viewed online.

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