Should we be scared or is it all over-hyped nonsense from the tabloids? TheSite.org puts it all in perspective.
How many victims are there really?
According to the British Crime Survey (for England and Wales):
- In 2010/11, the estimated number of recorded crimes against adults was at 9.6 million, little change from the 9.5 million of the previous year. However, it is a drastic improvement from 2007/08, where the number was at 10.1 million.
- The risk of becoming a victim of crime in 2010/11 is 22%, the same as it was in 2009/10.
- In 2010/11 there was a 3.1% chance of being a victim of violent crime.
- There were 293,000 burglaries in England and Wales in 2010/11, an increase of 14% from the previous year.
So should I stay locked away in my house?
No, that would be far too drastic. Our fear of crime often exceeds the real risk: we live in a world where we are constantly bombarded by bad news and over-hyped headlines about soaring street crime levels, gun-toting kids running rife through the UK, and shootouts apparently happening on 'every' street corner.
The reality is a little different. Our fear has been pushed to new heights recently, particularly with media coverage suggesting the world outside is a horrid place. This is not a reason to panic or hide away from the big, bad world. This doesn't mean you should go to the other extreme and start leaving you doors unlocked and walking down dark alleys alone; just that a little perspective is needed here, people.
The statistics above show us that yes, crime happens, but often with a little common sense in keeping yourself and your possessions safe you can reduce your risk of becoming a victim.
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