When everything is policed except crime


Rushcliffe in Nottinghamshire had the lowest rate of solved crime in 2017, while the most crimes were solved in Uttlesford in Essex


The news today from the country formerly known as England is that less than one in twenty street crimes are being solved.

Less than one in 20 street robberies and burglaries are being solved in the UK, shocking new figures have revealed.

Official police data shows that just four per cent of robberies and three per cent of burglaries were solved in England and Wales in 2017.

The figures will fuel concerns that there is a crisis in the nation’s policing, with one MP describing London as ‘the Wild West.

  1. The “Wild West” was policed by private vengeance rather than by the forces law and was by comparison exceedingly safe. Killing someone would result in a gang of the friends of the victim hunting you down.
  2. The news reminds me of Mark Steyn’s bon mot, “Britain, where everything is policed except crime”.

The Master’s views on the matter can be found here.

London’s murder rate is now higher than New York’s.


The number of police officers in England and Wales is at its lowest level since the late 1980s, with a significant drop between 2010 and 2017