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Criminologists Baffled by New Crime Stats.

Posted on the 16 August 2018 by Markwadsworth @Mark_Wadsworth

From the BBC:
Gang-related violence has plummeted in London since the 2011 riots despite a recent spike in violent crime, according to new figures.
There have been 89 violent deaths in London since January and violent crime has risen by 40% since 2010. Gang-related violent crime has nearly halved over the same period, according to Met Police figures obtained by the BBC.

Meaningless comparison as per usual, all violent crime (probably a reliable figure) is up to 200,000 incidents a year.
For reasons best known to themselves, the Met are categorising a much smaller share as 'gang-related', from half a per cent of all violent crime in 2010 down to a quarter of a percent in 2017.
They might as well classify no violent crimes as 'gang-related' (however defined) and trumpet the fact that they have eradicated it.

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