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Crime epidemic or never had it so good? Drilling into statistics is murder

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Taximan,

Did you not even bother to read the article? The whole point of it is that the police stats are often pants, and that most of the recent "rise in crime" is simply that the police have been rapped over the knuckles for not listing all crimes that are reported to them. Which is why we have the British Crime Survey in the first place, to cover for the inherent problems of police-collected stats.

The ONS are a well-respected organisation, because they spend a lot of time thinking about this sort of thing.

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