The UK Peace Index study has received strong coverage this week for its optimistic message of falling crime in the UK. Amusingly little of this focused on the seemingly relevant fact that far more criminals are in prison, unable to commit crimes outside prison.
Peter Cuthbertson of the Centre for Crime Prevention is quoted in the Daily Mail:
"Crime is much lower than 20 years ago because twice as many criminals are in prison.
"But the UK is still a high crime society and people are right to worry about this.
"A better police presence on the streets has been shown both to cut crime and to improve people’s perceptions of crime rates."