Accessible and compelling, this book explores the legislative developments, policy changes and practical strategies that have been put in place in recent years in an attempt to manage the level of crime in our society. The book assesses how governments’ approaches to serious crime, the war on terror, human rights and race and immigration policies have influenced ideas about community safety and crime prevention. It offers a handy glossary, along with suggestions for further reading, in order to enhance understanding of critical issues.
Chatper 9: Serious and Organised? Legislative and Mission Creep in ‘the Sick Man of Europe’1
Despite years of initiatives to prevent and deal with crime and disorder, Britain continues to be categorised as a ‘high-crime’ country. In 2007 a crime and safety survey published by the European Commission (van Dyk et al. 2007) found Britons and the Irish were more likely than residents of any other European country to fall victim to the ten most widely reported crimes. The same survey designated London as the crime capital of Europe and, while acknowledging that crime rates had fallen across the UK, calculated that they had not fallen as quickly as crime rates across the rest of ...