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Even though crime levels are falling, why don’t we feel safer?

Thursday 1 August 2013

There’s a popular weather website I’ve consulted to check the extent of the soaring temperatures. It says things like “sunny, 27 degrees, feels like 24 degrees”, which is curious, as you might expect it to feel as warm as it actually is – but you’d be wrong.

When I saw the latest crime survey for England and Wales I was reminded of this gap between the real and the perceived. While there was a 9% fall in crime last year, a poll for the Royal Statistical Society and Kings College London showed that 58% of people do not believe crime is falling.

Read the full article on The Guardian website