Headline Oct 21, 2014/


O'' SIRES ! '''

THE DEVELOPING WORLD  -is some world of its own!

Every government, -the world over, typically and hypocritically, throws dust into the eyes of its citizens, bewailing the mysterious-

''Reassurance gap''  -the fact that, although the crime was falling sharply, people insisted on thinking the contrary.

Cockeyed optimists, all.  

HOW COME that the fear of crime is falling just when crime itself is not.

In Britain, the steady year-on-year decline in overall crime stopped around the middle of last decade, and some sorts  -including pickpocketing and violence with injury-  maybe ticking up again.

Yet the proportion of people saying there is more crime in Britain now than two years ago dropped to  60%  in  2010-11  from 75% in 2008-09 , according to the Crime Survey for England and Wales.

Only 28% thought crime was increasing in the area where they lived, down from 54% in 2002-03. Folk care less about crime than before, and think themselves less likely to fall prey to it. 

International studies suggest Britain has become relatively calmer, too. The European Social Survey has been sounding out attitudes to crime for a decade in the European Union and neighbouring countries.

When asked how safe the feel walking alone locally after dark, Britons are consistently more alarmed than the average  (they are also more likely to have been burgled or to have someone in their household assaulted in the previous five years).

But the proportion who feel unsafe dropped from  36%  to 27% between 2002 and 2010.

Fear of crime matters, independent of crime itself. It can trap people in their homes and make their lives a misery. 

It can lead politicians to focus exclusively on highly punitive crime fighting strategies. Some fear, of course, is sheer good sense, motivating householders to install burglar alarms and unaccompanied women to avoid dark streets late at night.

Yet it is unclear what drives public perceptions.

Worry is certainly unevenly distributed. Women are more fearful than men even though they are less at risk; blacks and Asians fret more than whites.

Readers of mass-market newspapers fear crime more than readers of middle-market papers, who in turn fear it more than readers of middle-market papers, who in turn fear it more than readers of upmarket broadsheets.

Criminologists say that fear of crime acts as a psychological sponge absorbing other anxieties that are hard to enunciate, such as:

Concerns over rapid social change, immigration, deteriorating values, fraying communities and so forth. 

These are all subjects on which the British tend to be more pessimistic than many Europeans.

Why the new confidence?

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