Or another way
almost 40% of theft of electronic equipment occurs in London (bet I've got my maths wrong on that one)
Percentages are pretty meaningless
Leicestershire – slap-bang in the middle of rural England – has leapfrogged London as the UK’s electronic device-theft capital, according to a comparison of police force stats. A series of FoI (Freedom of Information) requests by ViaSat showed 51 per cent of thefts in Leicestershire were of electronic devices, compared with 27 …
I would suspect the statistics provided by Met Police.
Such a large drop in so short a time - almost as if
someone high-up has decreed that that particular crime
statistic "must come down".
Reminds me of the time, two years ago, when I was
pickpocketed outside the Tower of London. The Met Police
flatly refused to record it as a pickpocketing and
insisted on recording as me having lost my wallet in
the street. Thereby providing an instant lowering
of the number of pickpocketing incidents in the capital.
Cynical?? Moi?? Nooooooooo.
>Combined data from the Metropolitan and City of London police forces showed that thefts of electronic devices had fallen 37 per cent from the number reported last year to the Metropolitan Police alone.
>Nationwide, there was a 34 per cent fall. This coincided with a drop in the number of thefts in total, which fell by 20 per cent in London and 24 per cent nationwide.
Maybe it is just the devices that are getting boring, same shit as last year, not worth an upgrade, so no demand, no theft ?
Maybe this is part of the answer. I'm an American so this correlates to similar problems in our big (liberal) cities:
"White Britons are now a minority in Leicester, Luton and Slough and Birmingham is set to follow by end of decade
All three communities have a white British population of less than 50%, 2011 UK census shows, and Birmingham will be the same by 2020
Slough has the lowest proportion of white Britons in the UK outside London - 35 per cent
Immigration from Eastern Europe since 2004 a major cause, say academics" - Old headline from another daily UK paper.
Lifting phones (or on the odd occasion just MP3 players) is something that would appear to be ludicrously easy on London's transportation systems - mainly underground, trains and buses.
If I had a mind for it I'd have been able to snatch lots of phones and likely purses as well. How? Why? It's simple: For some reason a huge number of people (mostly female) feel a need to keep their bags open with their purse and phone on the top within easy reach should a call or text come in. They then helpfully (for the would-be tealeaf) sling the bag on their shoulder in a busy place and the only thing protecting their goods is the watchfulness of other passengers as they themselves are totally and utterly oblivious to everything around them. Until they try to find their phone and it's not there of course...
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