And for that, I would like to thank them.
I’ve always been enormously sceptical of official crime statistics and surveys.
They bamboozle you with numbers that suggest fewer crimes have occurred than the year before, and the year before that, and you’re invited to believe that everything is sweet in paradise.
It’s a cynical process that rather reeks of propaganda compiled by public servants and police officers pandering to their political masters.
Massaged numbers aside, the only question that really matters is this: do you really feel like you live in a safer society?
Do the children in your family walk to school (like every child did in the first half of the 1980s?)
I’ve been the victim of several crimes that were more trifling than traumatising. And after serious thought this week I must say I do feel generally safer.
But I’m also keenly aware that potential crime is always lurking. I never leave bags or valuables in a parked car and I stick to well-lit areas. I’d never leave home with a window or door unlocked.
I’m conscious that there are little things I can do to prevent property crime. But I confess my contents insurance is probably on the low side, I haven’t marked all my household items so if they were stolen I might one day get them returned, and I haven’t taken photos of all my property and stashed them safely with all the receipts.
Is this because I don’t really think about being burgled, or because I haven’t got off my chuff and done it. A bit of both I’d say.
So what to make of this week’s latest survey on crime? It’s all slightly confusing, but apparently we’re living in utopia.
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