Comments for http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/06/crime.shtml http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/06/crime.shtml en-gb 30 Sun 02 Aug 2015 16:56:20 GMT+1 A feed of user comments from the page found at http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/06/crime.shtml RJMolesworth http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/06/crime.shtml?page=92#comment13 PMHugh 8. It's all about showing respect. The trouble is you did not respect their right to steal your bike.You have to show your respect by hiding the bike from their view.I have never felt unsafe in London but then I have a map in my head of where not to go and when. I shall add your street to the map.I have been in many cities around the world when I have realised I have just walked into the wrong area and my presence is not welcome. Naturally, I discretely leave the area.In every city I have been in America people come up to me and ask me for money. I have that kind of face I guess. They have never been threatening so far. It could just be luck. I have never felt unsafe in New York but then I wouldn’t walk through Harlem at night and some parts not in the day.I am sure there are parts of Damascus that the locals would tell you it is not a good idea to go on your own. You might walk through them in ignorance and be untouched by luck or because they have not woken up yet. Most cities are safer before noon. In your own city, the law of averages gives you a greater chance of meeting undesirables because you spend more time there. Mon 16 Jun 2008 09:07:05 GMT+1 dennisjunior1 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/06/crime.shtml?page=85#comment12 Crime would not be a HUGE problem in my neighbourhood.Safety and Security would be top priority. Sat 14 Jun 2008 23:57:18 GMT+1 David_McNickle http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/06/crime.shtml?page=78#comment11 PMHugh 8, So, you like short paragraphs? Sat 14 Jun 2008 09:10:10 GMT+1 David_McNickle http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/06/crime.shtml?page=71#comment10 PMHugh 8, One black and one white? Careful, that's a bit of a grey area. Sat 14 Jun 2008 09:08:18 GMT+1 David_McNickle http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/06/crime.shtml?page=64#comment9 annasee 7 , Are you saying that the mods are thieves? That could get you modded. Sat 14 Jun 2008 09:06:18 GMT+1 Deepthought http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/06/crime.shtml?page=57#comment8 PJ O'Rourke, in "Holidays in Hell", reported from Asuncion, Paraguay, on the first election there in years after an authoritarian regime [some years ago, now]. Late at night, stumbling around drunk, a colleague noted how safe they felt; "wonder if that will survive democracy?"I fear that most authoritarian regimes do result in feeling safe at night. One might argue the UK is providing a counter-example (cf David Davis). Fri 13 Jun 2008 19:44:22 GMT+1 Hugh http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/06/crime.shtml?page=49#comment7 Here in Damascus I met a cafe owner who recently spent three months in London. He didn't have a happy time.Walking home from the tube at Elephant and Castle one night, he told me that two men (one black, one white) blocked his way.One of them put a gun to his stomach and demanded money. He gave them what he had -about £10."This could never happen here," he said. "This city is safe for everyone all the time, even late at night."I have often walked around Damascus late at night, and have never felt remotely threatened or anxious.Many people walk alone here at night - men and women and children, in groups or on their own. I do feel anxious in London.I was stabbed in London one night, on my front doorstep - on January 1st, 2000.It happened when I challenged two men wearing motorcycle helmets who were trying to steal my bike, which was chained to the railings outside my house.I made the mistake of challenging them. Fortunately the knife only went into my left upper arm. A bit further over, and I might not be writing this.They must have been desperate- you should have seen the bike.My (then) 17 year old son witnessed this, and helped me get the number of the motorbike they used to get away.But it was a 'ringer', of course - the genuine bike registered to someone in Dorset. I feel safe at night in New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Mumbai....Even in Baghdad, before there were bombs and kidnap threats, after the fall of Saddam Hussein, I felt safe walking alone at night.In London, I am always wary.I, too, don't need a map. Fri 13 Jun 2008 18:21:30 GMT+1 annasee http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/06/crime.shtml?page=42#comment6 David - (6) - it probably got stolen, not deleted. You know what crime's like round here... Fri 13 Jun 2008 17:23:48 GMT+1 David_McNickle http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/06/crime.shtml?page=35#comment5 annasee 2, I wrote a post similar to yours (no names mentioned) and it got deleted. Fri 13 Jun 2008 16:30:23 GMT+1 thenicecatlady http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/06/crime.shtml?page=28#comment4 I thought in the Socialist Utopia i.e. "tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime" prison would by now be a thing of the past. Silly me Fri 13 Jun 2008 16:04:20 GMT+1 Fifi http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/06/crime.shtml?page=21#comment3 According to the PCSO at last night's parish council meeting, we have no crime!I'll just pause to let that sink in... NO crime.All the villains are on curfew awaiting trial, apparently. Fri 13 Jun 2008 14:09:38 GMT+1 scimonkhan http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/06/crime.shtml?page=14#comment2 NOT providing such information is the worst type of paternal governmentalism (is that a word? I like it). It's the whole "We know what's best for you, do as you are told." mentality. right up there with not letting us know MP's expenses.I hate to say it (because I have a long standing dislike of the Tory party, having grown up in the 80's) but I admire Boris for his plans on this and hope he can get the Police Chiefs to cough up the info.Hopefully then it might get rolled out in Glasgow (with special little icons for youths drinking Buckfast). Fri 13 Jun 2008 11:56:39 GMT+1 annasee http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/06/crime.shtml?page=7#comment1 Listen, next-door's grandson (who lives next-door, having fallen out with mother and step-father), has already, at the age of 18, had an ASBO, a tag (which he cut off), been expelled from school and college for fighting, and done time in a YOI.I don't need a map of the crime in our neighbourhood, I can see it out of the window! (Usually playing with its Staffordshire Bull Terrier - well what other dog would give you the street cred?) Fri 13 Jun 2008 11:11:57 GMT+1 RJMolesworth http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/06/crime.shtml?page=0#comment0 No thanks. Just get rid of the helicopter and give me my money back. Fri 13 Jun 2008 11:04:52 GMT+1