April 23, 2009

New Crime Figures, Do They Speak The Truth

Filed under: Crime News — admin @ 12:15 pm

Everyone can take steps to protect their property, from neighbourhood watch schemes, CCTV cameras, hi-tech wireless alarms these all work and have helped in the fight against crime. New crime figures released state that Burglary has been on the decrease, in-fact it has more than halved in the last 10 years (source) although these figures are for England and Wales only and also only include reported incidents. In a recent summit Home Secretary Jacqui Smith announced that she is giving £20million to help keep this figure down and keep it down. Most of the money will be spent on giving free advice to persons that are concerned about becoming victims, helping the police in areas that are most at risk, and advice packages which will include discount cards to national DIY chains. £6 million of the money will be spent on local ‘handy-people’ to visit the elderly and those in low incomes and install home security devices.

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April 21, 2009

University Students Given Rape Alarms

Filed under: Crime News — admin @ 1:23 pm

Concerned Lancashire Police are giving away hundreds of rape alarms to female students at a Lancashire University. Edge Hill University has been targetted for the iniative to help cut-down on alchohol related crime including rape. The female students will be given a personal rape alarm and guidance leaflets about proper drinking limits and how to cut down on excessive drinking.

Government figures have revealed that a third of all sexual assaults will take place when the victim is under the influence of alcohol. It has also been noted that sexual assaults under alchohol far outnumber ‘date-rape-drugs’. Alcohol is the preffered drug of choice for rapists claim The University of Surrey.

By issuing female students with personal protection i.e. the rape alarms and also engaging with them in learning about alchohol abuse it is hoped that the students will become more aware of the real dangers that alchohol abuse leads too. Rapists don’t need to spike a girls drink when they are already the worse-for-wear with alchohol.

April 1, 2009

Robbed While Sleeping

Filed under: Crime News — admin @ 2:16 pm

night-time-burglarA disturbing trend appears to be the fore, where victims have been robbed in their own house while asleep in their beds. This alarming rise of night time burglars, has seen the Police once more issue statements regarding people undertaking simple home security measures. Inspector Ewan Strachan, of the Elgin Police Force, said, “Preventing such crime happening in the first place is what is important … it is imperative that householders secure all windows and doors, including patio doors, before going out for the day/evening or before retiring to bed. These simple security measures will act as an effective deterrent to the would-be thief.”

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March 27, 2009

Safest Houses in England & Wales

Filed under: Crime News — admin @ 1:21 pm

Latest research poll released by Virgin Home Insurance has highlighted where the safest houses are in England and Wales alongside pointing the houses that are at most risk. Virgin Home Insurance ranked all the major towns and cities in England and Wales to find where the safest and riskiest homes were located. They scored each area by criminal damage, burglary and flooding and levels of protection from Neighbourhood Watch schemes, as well as numbers of police officers. After the assessment was ran it emerged that householders in Kensington & Chelsea had the most safest houses, while homes in Doncaster were at most risk from criminal damage, burglary and increasing flood levels.

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February 24, 2009

UK Police Forces Cut Jobs

Filed under: Crime News — admin @ 1:48 pm

In what can only be described as ‘astonishing news’, the UK Police Force are cutting thousands of Police jobs across many departments despite many claims that we are admidst of a recession-led crimewave. The job cuts are a result of a funding shortfall and have senior policemen and police groups worried and anxious over the news.

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February 17, 2009

New UK Crime Ad Campaign Launched

Filed under: Crime News — admin @ 4:27 pm

The British Government this week launched a new £1.6 million national ad campaign to help the public protect their homes from burglars. The government hasn’t physicaly said that as the current recession deepens, crime rates are expected to soar, but you just have to read between the lines to see how nervous they are becoming about home security. UK Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith, who helped launch the crime ad campaign said, “Most burglars are opportunistic …This campaign is about making sure that people are aware and doing everything they can to protect their homes”.

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February 3, 2009

Hull Named as UK’s Car Crime Capital

Filed under: Crime News — admin @ 1:25 pm

steering_wheel_thatcham_approved_lockA latest report released by Endsleigh Insurance has placed Hull at the very top in UK car crime. Figures show that Hull has an astonishing 122.6% higher rate of car crime than the UK average. Hull was closely followed by Nottingham, Machester and Stockport. Safest place in the UK, according to the report, for vehicle owners was Swindon.

During 2008, Wiltshire Police constantly provided the people of Swindon with crime prevention advice such as parking in garages and well lit areas. Using Steering Wheel Locks are an excellent way to stop your car from being stolen.

Never leave personal objects, in full view of a car seat, like mobile phones, ipods, gameboys etc… . Make sure your doors are locked and secured. If your filling up at a petrol station, don’t leave the keys in the ignition while you go to pay your bill. Simple yet sound advice can help prevent car theft and break-ins.

January 19, 2009

Crime Figures Rise in Economic Downturn

Filed under: Crime News — admin @ 1:54 pm

It’s not exactly rocket science to figure out that the economic downturn is forcing more people to consider criminal activity as a way to make ends meet. Latest police figures are showing dramatic increases in robbery and burglary within the UK. The most affected area was Greater Manchester, where a stark 21% increase in reported incidents has occured. These are real life facts of what recession brings upon a country.

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January 7, 2009

Crime Maps Online

Filed under: Crime News — admin @ 11:34 am

The latest offering from the police forces in England and Wales to help combat crime is publishing interactive maps online showing crime patterns prevalent in any particular area. The Metropolitan Police force already have a crime map that is available to the public. But the new maps will highlight major offences including robbery, theft, car-crime, and violence to the public and be updated monthly.

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