Sunday, April 16, 2006

Department Of Bleeding Obvious

Observer :

Fear of crime is driving Britons to move home, according to new research that found up to 180,000 people a year relocate after becoming victims.
Burglaries were the most common reason for selling up, but other people had quit their neighbourhoods after car break-ins, muggings or more violent crimes.

Ah yes. As in 'escaping from the frantic lifestyle'.

"More than two million people have moved away from London in the past ten years, whether to escape the frantic lifestyle or simply from a desire to retire to the countryside."

The report, from the Institute for Public Policy Research, also shows that the poor, already known to be more likely to suffer crime, are disproportionately more likely to be badly affected by it. After being burgled, people living in council houses were more likely to suffer depression and sleepless nights than owner-occupiers in the same situation.

Dalrymple :

"My patient is, of course, an easy target for burglars and robbers. Her house has been broken into five times in the last year, and she has been robbed in the street three times in the same period, twice in the presence of passersby.

Such a person can expect no sympathy from the authorities. The police have told her more than once that the fault is hers: someone like her should not live somewhere like this. The streets, in other words, should be left to the hooligans, the vandals, and the robbers, to ply their inevitable trades in peace, and it is the duty of citizens to avoid them. It is no part of the state's duty to secure the streets against them.

In such circumstances, decency is almost synonymous with vulnerability: a quality with which the authorities have no sympathy."

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