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UK: Why are vandalism rates falling?
BBC News Magazine ^ | Brian Wheeler

Posted on 01/23/2013 7:09:09 PM PST by the scotsman

'Vandalism in the UK is falling at a quicker rate than almost any other type of crime, according to official figures. What are the possible reasons behind this?'

(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; United Kingdom
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1 posted on 01/23/2013 7:09:15 PM PST by the scotsman
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It must be those wonderful gun laws working so well/sarc


2 posted on 01/23/2013 7:12:16 PM PST by ObozoMustGo2012
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To: the scotsman

The magic markers have become expensive and unaffordable. So has paint.


3 posted on 01/23/2013 7:14:00 PM PST by entropy12 (The republic is doomed when people figure out they can get free stuff by voting democrats)
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It’s just a gateway crime with no payoff.


4 posted on 01/23/2013 7:16:02 PM PST by Paladin2
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Everything worth breaking is already broken?


5 posted on 01/23/2013 7:16:51 PM PST by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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Nothing left to break?


6 posted on 01/23/2013 7:17:37 PM PST by Neidermeyer (I used to be disgusted , now I'm just amused.)
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To: the scotsman

One longshot point in the article is that they don’t put lead in petrol any more.

Another is that smartphone sales to yobs has gone up, and the yobs (Brit for yoot) are busy playing games on the phones.

The yobs are probably playing PC and console games, too.

Overall a very interesting article, thanks for posting.


7 posted on 01/23/2013 7:27:04 PM PST by DBrow
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To: ObozoMustGo2012

Maybe because you can’t vandalize an already-vandalized wall with “allah akbar” on it..


8 posted on 01/23/2013 7:27:49 PM PST by max americana (Make the world a better place by punching a liberal in the face)
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To: the scotsman

Because the police won’t take reports and people have given up trying to report it?


9 posted on 01/23/2013 7:37:42 PM PST by heartwood
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I'm not sure, but I bet it has something do with Banksy


10 posted on 01/23/2013 7:41:57 PM PST by PGR88
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Why would anyone with an IQ above 30 believe anything from the commies at the BBC?

BBC is drooling ape news.


11 posted on 01/23/2013 7:42:44 PM PST by sergeantdave (The FBI has declared war on the Marine Corps)
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There’s nothing left to vandalize. You can only smash up a bus stop so much.


12 posted on 01/23/2013 8:00:31 PM PST by Viennacon
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To: entropy12
...magic markers have become expensive and unaffordable. So has paint.

LOL - Ding ding ding - we have a winnah!

13 posted on 01/23/2013 8:05:21 PM PST by GOPJ ( Do murder laws control murders?... freeper Red Badger)
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Demographics.


14 posted on 01/23/2013 8:08:34 PM PST by chopperman
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To: DBrow
One longshot point in the article is that they don’t put lead in petrol any more.

There's some persuasive evidence that correlates the removal of lead from gasoline in the US with the sudden drop in crime rates from 1991 to today; it matches perfectly with the first teenagers who didn't grow up with leaded gas. And areas that still have high crime (inner cities) are the areas that still have a lot of lead exposure from paint and lead in the soil from high traffic in the roads around them.

15 posted on 01/23/2013 8:16:33 PM PST by Strategerist
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Because the general public has learned that reporting vandalism results in hours of wasted time and a council order to clean it up or face a fine. The number of acts hasn’t diminished, just the mechanism that used to record it.


16 posted on 01/23/2013 8:16:55 PM PST by kingu (Everything starts with slashing the size and scope of the federal government.)
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Because the general public has learned that reporting vandalism results in hours of wasted time and a council order to clean it up or face a fine. The number of acts hasn’t diminished, just the mechanism that used to record it.

Ah, the hazards of not reading the article. The decline is from randomized polling of the public, not by numbers of reported vandalism crimes to the police.

17 posted on 01/23/2013 8:22:38 PM PST by Strategerist
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Cue the aliens guy. I’m sure he can give us the straight skinny on the cause!


18 posted on 01/23/2013 8:28:04 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Strategerist

I’m 80.

My generation grew up with lead all over the place.

Our crime rates were low.

.


19 posted on 01/23/2013 8:31:18 PM PST by Mears
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To: Strategerist; DBrow

The fallacy with the lead exposure argument is Why have murder rates in Chicago not fallen like rates in NYC and other cities?


20 posted on 01/23/2013 8:31:26 PM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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Because its 5 bucks for a can of spray paint? And now if you want to threaten someone you can just post it on their facebook page?
21 posted on 01/24/2013 12:31:37 AM PST by Casie (Chuck Norris 2016)
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