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Speed data: Is crime really on the rise?

Rising offending in perspective

By Chris Tilbury   April 2019

More crime, less punishment 

Looking at five major crime groups, the news seems alarming. Recorded sex offences are up by around 70 per cent in just
 three years, some of which might, perhaps, be down to increased awareness and willingness to report in the #MeToo era. But other categories like robbery are up sharply too, and general violence against the person is up by an even starker near 80 per cent. Worse, far from being answered by firm law enforcement, the blue lines show that fewer charges are being pressed for each…

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