Statistics Say London Is Now More Dangerous Than New York City
According to a report, London is now more dangerous than New York City.
Statistics published this week show that there's more serious crime in England's capital, compared to NYC - the Telegraph reports that figures for rape, robbery and violent offences are far higher on this side of the Atlantic.
Overall crime in the UK is reportedly up by 13 percent, with most of it coming from London.
President of the United States, Donald Trump, tweeted about this, saying: "Just out report: 'United Kingdom crime rises 13 percent annually amid spread of Radical Islamic terror.' Not good, we must keep America safe!"
Just out report: "United Kingdom crime rises 13% annually amid spread of Radical Islamic terror." Not good, we must keep America safe!
- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 20, 2017
People were quick to suggest that his comments may be inaccurate, especially with the reference to 'Islamic terror'.
One of those was former Labour leader Ed Miliband, who responded by calling the president 'an absolute moron'.
He wrote: "Spreading lies about your own country: sad. Spreading lies about others: sadder. What an absolute moron."
Spreading lies about your own country: sad. Spreading lies about others: sadder. What an absolute moron. https://t.co/0EACPcX9xR
- Ed Miliband (@Ed_Miliband) October 20, 2017
Criminal justice experts claim the rising crime rate is down to a policing issue, as well as the reduction in neighbourhood patrols.
According to the Telegraph, police forces in both London and New York have just over 30,000 officers each with a budget of around £3 billion ($3.9bn) a year.
"By embedding proactive community policing, the NYPD is helping tackle crime, improving the quality of life and building better relationships with the community," said Rory Geoghegan, head of criminal justice at the Centre for Social Justice.
An important decision that could have had huge impact on willingness of #police to tackle crime - especially #moped #crime - in London. https://t.co/ruhsyP1xOj
- Rory Geoghegan (@RoryGeo) October 20, 2017
"It's an approach and argument that London - and the country as a whole - is struggling to maintain, never mind bolster, with too many preferring to talk excitedly about investing in crime hubs to hunt online trolls.
"The latest crime figures paint a depressing picture for London that reinforces the need for the sort of political and policing leadership that enabled the initial turnaround of the NYPD in the 1990s under Bill Bratton and enables the no-less-seismic shift being seen in New York City under Jimmy O'Neill today."
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