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Violent Crime

Asked if the Government was concerned by the 6% rise in violent crime, the PMOS said that first of all whether you looked at the overall recorded crime figures or the BCS they both showed a fall. 11% in the BCS and 6% in recorded crime. The Government recognised that there was more to do in particular areas. One reason why the figures might have risen was that lower level crime was now included in the figures, but the Government did not in any way try to discount the fact that more action needed to be taken. Asked to explain the lower level crime, the PMOS said that, for instance, pushing and shoving was now included in the violent crime statistics. In other words the threshold for which figures were included had gone down. The Government was not complaining about that. The Government was not trying to demean the seriousness of such activity but it did offer an explanation. Questioned further the PMOS said that those lower level crimes were still crimes and should be treated as such. Half of what was recorded as violent crime involved no physical injury. That did not however lessen the impact on those who were victims of such crime and therefore it was important that they were treated with due seriousness.

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