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 arent safe! Crime rates are soaring!.
Actually, its 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.