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What the crime data doesn't tell us

A worrying omission from the headline figures in the Crime Survey for England and Wales (Fall in murder and violent crime, but increase in rape, survey finds, 25 April) are those relating to religious and race hate incidents. This category is absent from the survey report and enquirers to the …

A Case Study In Crime And Punishment

<b>There's a lot of talk</b> about sentencing reform, as the country goes through one of its periodic spasms of rationality as regards its criminal justice system, most of which last only until another easily exploitable crime comes along. A lot of the current attention is rightly being paid to the …

Crime

Mobile phone theft is the only rising crime in England, say cops

Crime stats for 2012 show almost all crimes falling in England and Wales -- except mobile phone theft.<p>Mobile phone theft is on the rise in England and Wales -- unlike virtually every other kind of crime. New official figures from the police show an 8 per cent rise of 'theft from the person' -- a …

Crime

UK police failing to record 20% of crime – report

Interim report by Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Constabulary, Tom Winsor, says crimes include 14 cases of rape<p>The police are failing to record as much as 20% of crime – equal to three-quarters of a million offences – including 14 cases of rape and some serious sexual offences, according to the …

FORGET CSI: A Disaster Is Happening In America's Crime Labs

In the last week of March, the top-rated show in the country was "NCIS." An hour-long crime drama, the series features actor Pauley Perrette, whose portrayal of fictional forensic scientist Abby Sciuto has made her the single most popular performer in prime time. "Abby Sciuto Has Inspired a Whole …

Computer Hacking

Old New York Crime Scene Photos Superimposed On Present Day Locations

Browse through a selection of crime scene photos from any major city and you’ll find a bunch of locations that look familiar, since most major cities …

How Twitter Could Help Police Departments Predict Crime

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Crime and punishment: psychology and book bans

UK justice minister Chris Grayling has been roundly criticised for a blanket ban on prisoners being sent books. Why would anyone do this? There are many likely psychological reasons behind such a punishment, but also evidence to suggests it’s pointless<p>Chris Grayling, UK justice minister, recently …

To fight crime in your community, stop using cash

A new study has found that paying welfare benefits via debit card, rather than cash, caused a 10 percent drop in crime.<p>Researchers have long noted that cash plays a critical role in street crime, due to its liquidity (it's easy to access and everyone accepts it) and anonymity (it leaves no paper …

To Prevent Crime, Walk the Dog on At-Risk Blocks

New French Prime Minister Manuel Valls: popular and tough on crime

Manuel Valls, the man chosen to be France’s new prime minister, has been compared to former British Prime Minister Tony Blair both for his style and for being to the right of the Socialist party.<p>The 51 year old is disliked by those to the left but he does well in opinion polls.<p>Valls proved popular …

Two U.S. hackers admit to international cyber crime in New Jersey court | Reuters

NEWARK, New Jersey (Reuters) - Two American men said to belong to an international cyber crime ring admitted hacking into accounts at banks, brokerage firms and government agencies in an attempt to steal some $15 million, New Jersey authorities said on Tuesday.<p>A man types on a computer keyboard in …

Malta to extradite Serb to face crimes against humanity charges | Reuters

VALLETTA (Reuters) - A Maltese court decided on Thursday to extradite a Serbian construction worker to Croatia to face charges of crimes against humanity, kidnapping, torture and unlawful deportation to concentration camps.<p>Eror Gojko, who was born in Vukovar in Croatia, has been living in Malta for …

A Study Claims Global Warming Could Cause 180,000 More Rapes by 2099

British Prime Minister’s Child Porn Adviser Arrested Over Child Porn

An adviser to UK PM David Cameron on preventing child porn has been arrested on child porn-related charges himself.<p>A special aide to British Prime …

LA Gang Members in Syria: Organized Crime, Terrorism ‘Converge’

Two Los Angeles gang members appear to have emerged armed and dangerous in the middle of Syria’s civil war, a senior counter-terrorism official …

Middle East

Membership of Japan's yakuza crime gangs falls to all-time low

Police say number of people in organised crime syndicates fell below 60,000 for first time on record last year<p>The number of people belonging to Japan's notorious yakuza crime groups fell to an all-time low in 2013, slipping below the 60,000-member mark for the first time on record, police say.<p>The …

Genetic Profiling and Predictive Policing Are Taking Us to the Pre-Crime Future

And as we head there, the potential for abuse is growing.<p>Image: dominicotine/Flickr<p>Philip K. Dick's vision of a future in which people are arrested for crimes they haven't yet committed is so plausible that researchers at Stanford sat down to talk about it. The takeaway was simple: DNA profiling is …

Human Rights

Court of appeal to decide whether heavy drinking while pregnant is a crime

Local authority's case against woman who had child with foetal alcohol syndrome could have far-reaching legal implications<p>A pioneering compensation claim on behalf of a child who was severely damaged by her mother's heavy drinking during pregnancy is to go before the court of appeal.<p>Permission has …

Waste crime costs UK more than half a billion pounds a year, report warns

Fly-tipping, illegal tips and tax evasion are resulting in financial loss while posing environmental and health threats<p>Fly-tipping, illegal tips and tax evasion are costing the UK more than half a billion pounds a year, according to a report on waste crime.<p>Crimes such as dumped building rubble and …

Here's a Map of Boston Crime Since Thanksgiving

Our pals at PropertyShark have broken down crime in Boston in the <b>last three months</b> in the handy map above.

Crime Doesn't Pay

Crime doesn’t pay when it comes to defrauding Medicare or Medicaid. But our crime-fighting efforts do.<p>Over these past three years, every dollar we’ve invested to fight fraud and abuse has returned $8.10 to the American taxpayer. We recovered a record-breaking $4.3 billion last year and $19.2 …

Climate change may increase crime: Study

In addition to increasing the frequency and intensity of natural disasters, climate change is also likely to increase crime according to a new study …

White-collar crime hits more than a third of Canadian organizations

More than a third of Canadian organizations say they're victims of white-collar crime, according to a survey by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.<p>Yet the reported economic crime rate is consistently lower in Canada than in the rest of the world, PwC notes in a 32-page report to be released …