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Budget cuts lead to less officers, less arrests, corresponding rise in crime in UK

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According to a new BBC Report the number of arrests made in the U.K. has dropped by 75,000 from the previous year while a record number of crimes has been reported.

A 26% drop in overall arrests was recorded and Steve White, chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales, stated: “It would be dangerous for anyone to look at the drop in arrest numbers and conclude there is less crime.” He went on to explain that officers are working very hard to ensure public safety by protecting citizens and upholding the law. Lack of police resources are directly related to budget cuts and there is public concern that this change will only cause further demand and more rapid decline of services.

Reports on crime in the U.K. offer frightening statistics on the rise in gun crimes. In an article by the Daily Mail “the number of people injured or killed by guns, excluding air weapons, has increased from 864 in 1998/99 to a provisional figure of 1,760 in 2008/09, an increase of 104 per cent”, some from increased gang related activity, others related to the rise in global terrorism and increased Muslim immigration.

Violent crimes are on the rise with over 336-thousand arrests made just last year; an increase of more than 4,000 arrests in 2014.

White concluded by saying that “It is hard to be specific about the exact reasons why arrest figures are lower, when crime is higher, but it would be fair to suggest that a lack of police resources and a change in the way crimes are recorded would have contributed to this change.”

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