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PostHeaderIcon FALL In Recorded Crime


I REFER to your article on crime levels in Inverclyde. The article states there is a 49 per cent clear-up rate. Frankly, that is meaningless. It does not mean 49 per cent of crime has led to a conviction. And if we do not know that figure what do we really know? I suggest very little. Of course, it also means that 51 per cent of crimes were NOT "cleared up". So when you take what I write in its totality how many people commit crime and never get convicted? More generally, when the police refer to someone being arrested for a given crime that means very little as well. The case may never go to court - that is for the procurator fiscal to decide. And even if it does go to court the individual may be found not guilty. As for Inverclyde, we must understand that our population is falling. Surely less people means less crime. Moreover, anyone who has studied sociology will know of the "dark figures". This refers to unreported crime in addition to unrecorded crime and of course undetected crime. Posted by John Bowes


-- After reading the comments by John Bowes on crime in Inverclyde I have to agree completely. Everyone knows statistics can be presented in any way at all to show whatever you want them to show. I would like to know if the 49 per cent detection rate also includes detection for the new Anti Social Behaviour Fixed Penalty Tickets? If so then this figure is going to be serious off the mark as to the true detection of reported crime! I would also say that the general public do not really care too much about crime itself but more about the ‘fear of crime.’ Violent crime is down  22 per cent we are told but I for one do not feel any safer in the area, in fact the opposite is true. The local media has a lot to do with this! Reading the local newspaper on a nightly basis, it is often doom and gloom. I have personally counted reports on one murder, several attempted murders and at least twenty (maybe more) serious assaults in the past couple of months...is violent crime really falling??!! Posted by Paul (Greenock)

 

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