Re: Bobbies on the Beat
"Now they are saying, if there are more bobbies on the beat, there will be MORE crime??"
The level of crime that's reported to the police (and thus becomes statistics) is not always the same as the actual level of crime. More coppers might lead to people reporting small crimes (eg a car break-in) that they wouldn't have bothered with before.
Of course, depending on your level of respect for police, one might assume that more cops on the street would lead to more illegal stop-and-searchs and more police brutality etc, which certainly should be classed as crimes.