In the Media

Labour's crime success 'unproven'

PUBLISHED October 4, 2004

Ministers' claims to have slashed crime are based on misleading evidence that masks thousands of 'missing offences' that go undetected by police and never reach the criminal justice system, a controversial new study of government statistics reveals.

Home Secretary David Blunkett says crime has been cut by 25 per cent under Labour and that the chance of becoming a victim of it is at its lowest for 20 years.
But the report to be published later this month by the Crime and Society Foundation, a new criminal justice think-tank, will claim that the official crime statistics are an unreliable measure of the true level of offences.