Wednesday, May 23, 2012

U.K. Has More Violent Crime than the U.S.

You may recall that I posted some time ago about the fact that the U.K. under-reports gun crime by about 60% to pretend their gun control policies work.  From that article:
Data provided to The Sunday Telegraph by nearly every police force in England and Wales, under freedom of information laws, show that the number of firearms incidents dealt with by officers annually is 60 per cent higher than figures stated by the Home Office.
Full article available here.

The U.K. doesn't allow its citizens to do much to defend themselves at all.  I've always contended that such policies only embolden criminals.  A report by the European Commission and United Nations seems to confirm this:
Britain's violent crime record is worse than any other country in the European union, it has been revealed.

Official crime figures show the UK also has a worse rate for all types of violence than the U.S. and even South Africa - widely considered one of the world's most dangerous countries.

The figures, compiled from reports released by the European Commission and United Nations, also show:

* The UK has the second highest overall crime rate in the EU.
* It has a higher homicide rate than most of our western European neighbours, including
   France, Germany, Italy and Spain.
* The UK has the fifth highest robbery rate in the EU.
* It has the fourth highest burglary rate and the highest absolute number of burglaries in
   the EU, with double the number of offences than recorded in Germany and France.

But it is the naming of Britain as the most violent country in the EU that is most shocking. The analysis is based on the number of crimes per 100,000 residents.

In the UK, there are 2,034 offences per 100,000 people, way ahead of second-placed Austria with a rate of 1,677.
Full article available here.

This doesn't take a lot of imagination to figure out.  If you were a criminal, would you prefer to victimize people who might be willing and equipped to fight back, or would you go after helpless targets?


Anonymous said...

This would be true, only if "violence" were defined equally across the board for each and every country.

Take a look at this, and see why this kind of information is grossly misleading:

For all the guns in America, you're still more likely to be assaulted, burgled, raped, have your car taken off you and obviously.. shot than you are in Britain.

Andrew said...

Thanks for your in-depth look at differences in methodology. We may not agree on the natural right to defend oneself (if a rat can do it, why can't I?) but it's impressive you dug into the numbers and I appreciate the work.

Anonymous said...

Thanks. It's unusual to come across this sort of level-headedness on the internet.

For the record, I do believe in self-defense (who doesn't?) I just don't believe guns are necessary.

Anyway, all the best.