Crime

Crime is difficult to measure and that makes it easy to be alarmed by newspaper reports that might not tell the whole story. We look behind the headline figures and put them in context

23 July 2012

How many people were victims of domestic violence over the last year?

Recent coverage of levels of domestic violence produces some confusing, seemingly conflicting, statistics. What's the reason for this and who is right?

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23 July 2012

Do a quarter of sickness benefits claimants have a criminal record?

Are one in four incapacity benefits claimants too sick to work, but fit enough for a life of crime, as the Daily Mail suggests?

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16 July 2012

Are one in 10 prisoners a former soldier?

Are official estimates on the proportion of inmates from military backgrounds wide of the mark?

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13 July 2012

How speedily do magistrates work?

Solicitor Greg Foxsmith and Minister for Police and Criminal Justice Nick Herbert disagreed on how long it takes for a defendant to be sentenced by magistrates. Who was right - …

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10 July 2012

Police bureaucracy: are front-line officers spending 85% of their time with paperwork?

Arguments about the impact of Government policy on the men and women of the police force are one of the more well-trodden beats for Home Secretary Theresa May and her …

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3 July 2012

Police station closures: HMIC fills in the gaps

Readers of this morning's Daily Mail might have been alarmed to learn that a fifth of all police stations were facing closure: Full Fact afficionardos with long memories might recall …

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12 June 2012

Stop and search: are black people over-represented?

Readers of the Guardian, Daily Mail and Telegraph this morning were presented with more headlines implying police bias when using stop and search powers. The Guardian and the Mail, however, …

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8 June 2012

Are one in five knife criminals cautioned?

The Daily Mail reports that one in five people convicted of possession of a knife or offensive weapon was cautioned in the first quarter of 2012. Is this true?

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7 June 2012

Do half of convicted paedophiles avoid jail?

The Sun has claimed that half of all people who are found guilty of paedophilic offences are not jailed. Is this correct?

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1 June 2012

Are police solving fewer crimes?

Today the Sun reported that the police were solving fewer crimes, and that this was the first time this trend had taken place in a decade. But is there any …

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