Anorak | Driven To Crime

Driven To Crime

by | 22nd, January 2004

‘CRIME is everywhere. It’s in the Mirror, the Express and it’s flooded the Mail like a wave. You can’t turn a page these days without being confronted by it.

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Take the Mirror, which hears that our courts jailed more people for motoring offences last year than for burglary.

This is not to say that burglary is now at an all-time low, or that the clean-up rate for house breaking is in the single figures.

It just says that last year the courts jailed 10,178 burglars. Over the same period, 15,039 drivers were incarcerated, and of those, the Mirror claims 12,469 were for minor offences, such as careless driving, driving without insurance and not paying fines.

While this is great news for John Prescott, whose plan to rid the country of all other motorists bar one gathers speed, jail doesn’t appear to be the best way to deal with minor offenders.

The thing to do is to tag them. Well, it was until the Mail discovered that criminals released on home detention are slipping off the last word in electronic jewellery to avoid detection while out committing more crime.

When challenged and in one instance a villain’s DNA was found at a crime scene – the suspect just says that he was at home with his bracelet. The alibi is cast iron.

But as with all crime, we want figures, so the Mail finds out that last year offenders on home detention committed 1,683 crimes, including 519 cases of theft and fraud and 229 cases of violence.

It is clear that sending criminals to their room, so to speak, is not without its failings. But, as with all things, Tony Blair has

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