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Sicher fühlen in der Stadt der Kameras?
Crime Wave Sweeps Britain
Violent Crime May Be Up As Much As 19 Percent
Lax Sentencing May Contribute to Increase
Fear Is That Guns Will Infiltrate British Society
(CBS) Despite its reputation as a
genteel and pleasant land, a new
government report depicts Britain as
one of the most violent urban societies
in the Western world, a place where a
person's chances of being assaulted,
burgled or robbed are substantially
greater than in the United States.
People outside of the UK are most
familiar with the violence of British
soccer fans, who recently disrupted the
Euro 2000 tournament in Belgium. But
CBS News Senior European
Correspondent Tom Fenton reports
that while violent crime in America
has been going down for 20 years, the
latest government study shows that it is
on the rise in Britain itself.
A person is more likely to be burglarized,
almost twice as likely to be robbed,
and two-and-a-half times more likely
to be assaulted there than in America.
The British Broadcasting Corporation
reports that the Home Office's
yet-to-be-released figures are expected
to show a 19 percent increase in
violent crime nationwide from March
1999-March 2000, with robberies in
London jumping 38 percent.
Those figures belie police crime statistics,
which show lower incidences of
violence. Stats released in February, for
example, suggested an overall drop
of 1 percent in crime nationwide.
But British police statistics are deeply
flawed, as only one in four assaults ever
gets recorded. The reality is the streets
and shopping malls of Britain are a
In one case getting media coverage in London,
an American schoolteacher
on a class trip to London was drugged and
raped over the weekend. Police
have asked the public for help identifying a suspect.
"The lawyers won't solve this and the technologist won't solve
this piracy problem," Griffin said. "Anyway, anything that a
41-year-old thinks up, a 14-year-old can undo."