Friday, April 22, 2011

In UK, Crime falls for fourth year in a row; budget cuts will test limits of policing

Crime continues to fall, surprising many, even this author, but most concerned are law enforcement agencies facing budget cuts. There is no dollar for dollar expense ratio that yields "X" level crime, so there should be no expectation that reductions in crime related spending will result in more crime; though there is an intuitive feel to the relationship. However, what the past few years have taught us is that there is that while pockets of crime around certain individuals increased, massive crime waves have not increased, excepting when accompanied with insurrection and overthrow of governments.