Some nations apparently have abandoned the notion that citizens need to be protected from criminals. Scotland is one of them.
The Brits have made a shambles of their crime reporting system. Crime has not been reduced! In 2005 Scotland was labeled by the United Nations (of all things!) as the most violent western nation.
Anger as serial offenders are only sent to prison after clocking up 40 crimes
CRIMINALS in Scotland were allowed to run up as many as 40 convictions last year before eventually being jailed, new figures have revealed.
Hundreds of people sentenced to prison for the first time in 2009-10 already had ten, 20, or even 30 convictions to their name.
Over the course of the past few years, two offenders had committed more than 50 crimes before being sent to jail.
[...] Groups that campaign in support of victims expressed surprise that criminals had been allowed to commit up to 40 offences before being jailed.
A spokesman for Victim Support Scotland said: "Clearly, it comes as a surprise to us that, prior to being sentenced to imprisonment, many offenders had more than 20 previous convictions and some had up to 40.
"We can only assume that the crimes which they committed were extremely low level."
A spokesman for Sacro - Safeguarding Communities - Reducing Offending - said: "Claims that some first-time prisoners have a record of up to 40 previous convictions show how important it is to intervene early and intervene effectively to tackle the root causes of offending
The study, based on telephone interviews conducted between 1991 and 2000, said 3% of people in Scotland had suffered an assault, while the figure for England and Wales was second highest at 2.8%.
Both Australia and New Zealand had the next highest proportion of assaults among their population at 2.4%, exactly double the level reported for the United States.
The counties outside New York City now account for 58% of the reported crime statewide, as compared to 38% in 1990.One of the strategies that the NYPD adopted was to take a zero tolerance approach to minor offenses. An attitude of lawlessness permeates a society when petty criminals are emboldened by lax law enforcement standards. Citizens do not bother reporting crimes because there is an expectation that authorities will do nothing about it.
It becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy where public safety augers itself into the ground; in a permissive environment, criminals become more active, more crimes are committed and less crimes are reported.