Sounds good? Well, politically, this has been hailed as good news (not least because it is claimed this is the lowest level since the crime survey began in 1981)... but - as this blog has highlighted regularly - a clearer understanding of the figures seems to still be required. And it would be helpful to get to the bottom of any hocus-pocus, jiggery-pokery going on by those compiling and publicising the data.
Any decent tax-paying, law-abiding citizen would be very concerned to see government and statisticians 'stuffing the pipeline' in this way... conveniently, the data is confusing at a time when it's 'opportune' for governments and careerist politicians to hide behind such confusion to disguise little progress - and then, worse, present data as good news.
Knife crime reports and data sources for this blog post, referenced July 2013:
- UK crime at lowest level for 30 years - The Guardian
- The curious case of the fall in crime - The Economist
- Over 1000 London knife crime victims each month - Evening Standard
- Crime in England + Wales year ending March 2013 - ONS (Office for National Statistics)