Is crime going up or down? Is the UK becoming a more, or less, violent society? These questions have been asked for many years by policy-makers, academics, practitioners, journalists and the public alike. It has always seemed difficult to arrive at any meaningful response to the question, since crime is an inherently difficult thing to count. Are we interested in victims or offenders? How do we count victimless crimes (such as drug use), or crimes where the victim is unaware of their victimization (such as many fraud offences)?
You can find the answer here: CSI 4: Crime