Thursday, 16 August 2018

Criminologists baffled by new crime stats.

From the BBC:

Gang-related violence has plummeted in London since the 2011 riots despite a recent spike in violent crime, according to new figures.

There have been 89 violent deaths in London since January and violent crime has risen by 40% since 2010. Gang-related violent crime has nearly halved over the same period, according to Met Police figures obtained by the BBC.

Meaningless comparison as per usual, all violent crime (probably a reliable figure) is up to 200,000 incidents a year.

For reasons best known to themselves, the Met are categorising a much smaller share as 'gang-related', from half a per cent of all violent crime in 2010 down to a quarter of a percent in 2017.

They might as well classify no violent crimes as 'gang-related' (however defined) and trumpet the fact that they have eradicated it.


Mark Wadsworth said...


A K Haart said...

Maybe the Met is preparing for the possibility that reporting gang-related crime becomes a form of hate speech. Hate stats perhaps.

Mark Wadsworth said...

AKH, good idea. People in one gang hate people in other gangs, so just reclassify it.

Bayard said...

Mark, I think you might have just stolen their thunder. That was going to be the next announcement.