Tuesday, April 05, 2011

You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet

Mail :

"A massive surge in crimes committed by pensioners has sparked a 'grey crime wave' and seen the number of offences carried out by over 65s rise almost 50% in the last five years. OAPs have been charged with a variety of crimes which include carrying knives and guns, theft, fraud, shoplifting, drink-driving and sexual offences.

Cambridgeshire Constabulary today revealed that crimes have risen by a staggering 47 per cent for the age group since 2007."
Crime's a young person's - usually a young man's - game. Peak offending rates are I believe in the 15-21 years. But a small proportion of criminals will continue as they get older - especially in fields like selling stolen goods where contacts and trust are important.

Crime more than doubled between 1955 and 1965. A 20 year old in 1965 will be 66 now.

But look at the increases in the 70s, 80s (as the underclass grew) and early 90s. The over-65 crime rate has plenty of room for expansion as those generations age.


Anonymous said...

'sexual offences' - makes you proud to be over seventy.

Anonymous said...

'sexual offences' - makes you proud to be over seventy.

Weekend Yachtsman said...

Interesting how they only give percentages.

Let's not forget that an increase from 2 to 3 is - shock, horror, shout it from the rooftops - perfectly compatible with the phrase "soaring by 50%".

Just saying.

Hexe said...

And those are just the ones who are getting caught... people don't know how lucky they were when most criminals were stupid young kids doing stupid things instead of wicked oldies who have the all the wisdom and experience and the ability to plan.

Anonymous said...

The attack on Wales' voice in parliament

As a Welshman what do you make of this Laban?

Personally I can't believe the barefaced hypocrisy of this MP.

Martin said...


Such spikes are hardly unsurprising in a society where inequality is, or has been, growing. My own hope is that we avoid the fate of severely unequal societies such as South Africa, Mexico and Iraq, all of which suffer from the crime that is now, amd perhaps always has been, the mark of grossly unequal societies - kidnapping.