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Crime Of The Century - A Chilling Look At Crime Statistics In The UK


• Crime statistics should be the epitome of transparency and honesty, with good news or bad, so that the correct remedial action and police/judicial focus and deployment can be made.


• The expression “Doing the thing right –vs Doing the right thing” springs to mid. There is a world of difference when applied to crime statistics. All participants of the judicial process may well be doing the thing they do right, but if their focus is misdirected due to inaccurate, mismanaged or worse, manipulated data (Gaming), then their efforts are devalued through doing the ‘wrong thing’ right.


• This National Statistician involvement presents an opportunity for the Government and the Ministry of Justice to “Join Up Justice” by utilising the experience and knowledge of the judiciary to ensure crime recording is more compatible with the MOJ recording processes. The current “Flows Through Justice” charts are useful but could be infinitely moreso if directly correlated to the offences to which they relate.


• At present, the HOCR are excessively complicated for public consumption and require a dramatic simplification.


• Whilst there is no independent body overseeing the Home Office determinations for application of the HOCR, there will always be the suspicion that the Home Office have exerted political interference with policing statistics to project a particular picture of crime. The Home Office have significant expertise in this area, as do naturally, the police. However, an independent body, suitably qualified from the judiciary with the vision to deliver a transparent joined up justice picture would inspire greater confidence.


• The current definitions of crime would seem to be adequate for their purposes. The problem lies in the number of notifiable offences that exist. Perhaps if some multiple definitions could be combined this would reduce the statistical burden. It may complicate the legal definitions slightly, but this would be a small price to pay provided the definitions were not adjusted in such a way so as to compromise the ends of justice.


COUNT OF NOTIFIABLE OFFENCES Burglary


Criminal Damage Drug Offences Fraud & Forgery Other Offences Robbery


Sexual Offences Theft & Handling


Violence Against The Person Total Notifiable Offences


9 35


132 122 802 4


162 132 157


1555


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