London Now Has More Crime Than New York City
Russ Chastain 02.23.18
The next time someone touts the joys and benefits of European society, you might want to cite this article from last October, published in U.K.’s The Telegraph: London now more dangerous than New York City, crime stats suggest.
Some salient excerpts:
The latest statistics, published earlier this week, revealed that crime across the UK was up by 13 per cent, with a surge in violence in the capital blamed for much of the increase.
While both London and New York have populations of around 8 million, figures suggest you are almost six times more likely to be burgled in the British capital than in the US city, and one and a half times more likely to fall victim to a robbery.
London has almost three times the number of reported rapes and while the murder rate in New York remains higher, the gap is narrowing dramatically.
The theory is that different policing methods may be to blame; NYPD’s community-centric approach vs. Scotland Yard’s “move away from the neighbourhood policing model and low level in favour of pursuing more serious offences.”
Last week it emerged that Scotland Yard would not even bother investigating a large number of low level offences as part of a major cost cutting drive.
Kinda sad that police agencies can decide where they will work and what crimes they will simply ignore, in a place where citizens do not have the option of carrying a firearm for self-defense. (Of course, I suppose the latter is also true of NYC.)
Last year there were almost 70,000 burglaries in Greater London with more than 43,000 taking place in people’s homes.
Robberies have also increased in London dramatically, largely as a result of people having mobile phones stolen.
This is, I believe, exactly what Americans will face — among other bad acts — if they ever give up their guns.