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Beyond Bars - Crime Fact Sheet

It is often taken for granted in popular and media debate that we are experiencing a “crime wave”. The threat of a “crime wave” seems to plague our TVs and newspapers. Criminals rule the streets! Our children aren’t safe! Crime rates are soaring!.

Actually, it’s a bit more complicated. Whilst there is support for the claim that certain types of crime are on the increase, there are also a range of reasons to be suspicious of claims that there is a ‘crime wave’. This pamphlet examines some of these reasons.

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