updated: Friday, 21 February, 2003 17:08
will never go away...but we can do more to crack down on it.
the best way to crack crime? Here's your chance to send us your
it more officers on the beat, is it rehabilitating criminals, or
is it a matter for the community...can we do more ourselves to stop
want your views as to how best reduce crime in our communities.
Are you a police officer who can see things going wrong? Are you
a former criminal and have ideas of your own? Or are you or have
you been a victim of a crime...and is enough being done to help
to join the debate, and add your comments
L. Bass, Suffolk, Virginia, USA
The English governmental policy of self defense and gun
prohibition has obviously failed and English people are
being unnecessarily murdered.
found in Joyce Malcolm's book Guns and Violence: The English
Experience, the English experience has been increasing violent
crime with self defense and gun prohibition while the American
experience has been decreasing violent crime with an increasing
number of states passing concealed carry laws.
anyone over there read reliable research on crime and violence?
John Lott's More Guns, Less Crime for a detailed discussion
of the American successes in reducing violent crime through
liberalization of gun laws.
have declining violent crime in those states with concealed
carry laws and high rates of violent crime in states with
restrictive, gun control laws.
was interviewed by a BBC news crew in northern Virginia
during the Sniper situation; I guess I was too convincing
in presenting a pro-gun point of view. The BBC didn't use
any of the footage.
Crime is on the increase? WHY?!! We have around 200,000 police
officers in this country policing 60 million people, now to
me that just doesn't add up. We need more police!. Also we
need harsher punishment for ALL crimes. People who break into
cars for example, should be made to pay for the damage and
do community service for at least a month. Prison sentences
should be lenghtened and prisons shouldn't have such luxeries
as televisons and the change to get a degree. Criminals make
our life hell, when they ask for forgiveness we're told to
to abide, however, if they keep doing it, whats the point!
The situation is out of control in this country. We need to
sort it out!! And FAST!!
hi my name is ashley and i think that the kids/teens who committed
the creime should be the ones who pay the time.
they need to learn how to take responsibility and find out
what the consequences are so they wont do it again. they chose
the path of life so let them take responsibility for it.
The gaols are full and we need a deterrent, so why not cull
the unlawful incarcerated herd choosing the victims by lots.
Names drawn out of the hat annually and each without exception
are disposed of. 20% per annum should do the trick.
NO JAIL FOR BURGLARS!
must surely make the police feel they are wasting their
time and efforts in even bothering to catch such offenders…although
I suppose they would have to waste their time in order to
ascertain whether or not the offence was a first, second
an imprisonable third!
how does that rate for time wasting…?
I believe that immediate retribution is needed.
necessarily a prison sentence…they only learn more interesting
ways of carry out crime…so we’re told! I think an impermeable
tattoo across their forehead letting the public know just
what sort of person they are on our street.
could be removed after say three to six months as I feel
that unless these individuals stayed indoors throughout
the sentence period (thus giving us all a rest from their
crime), they would have had quite enough of the jeering
and embarrassment from the general public on the street.
perhaps manacled house arrest, whereby the criminal cannot
leave their home and are tethered at the ankles…? What we
need to do is remove them from civilised society…pronto!
can he mention civilised society and such items as above…?”
I hear you ask?
simply; it’s becoming patently obvious that our Government
is losing its grip on crime and punishment – this is of
course my opinion but there are many others I talk to that
of the same ilk! I also believe that it will not be too
long before the ‘civilised public’ take things into their
own hands and measure out their own retribution – believe
me…the “Star Council” isn’t that far off…!!! Fat too much
importance is put on the “reforming” criminals, while the
rest of us have to suffer at the hands of these individuals.
lot of today’s crimes are committed by drug addicts seeking
to pay for their habit…tough! I smoke; an equally (if not
more) difficult drug addition to stop as it’s even more
freely available but if I haven’t decided to finance my
expensive habit by burglary, knocking down the elderly and
so on. If drug addicts think they can finance their habit
by crime then the treatment must and has to be incarceration
into a clinic for treatment.
tell…there aren’t enough clinics, nor staff to operate them!
Then perhaps cold turkey under the house arrest option above…it’s
the only way!
I used to live in portswood,im 19,and lived there since
i was 17,there are huge groups of kids who openly go around
breaking into cars,attacking passers bye,even throwing stones
through windows of the house i lived in.
seen them take ecstasy,speed and after smoking skunk,they
are around12-15! theauthorities in southampton need to open
their eyes to a problem the well-to-do wouldnt even beleive.
dont blame them wholey for their actions its a problem that
lies with their abusive and anti-social parents.they brought
them up to be un-intelligent thugs,so they should be the
ones who should pay for the damage to the community.its
not a problem that will go away either,nothing at all is
being done,where are the police?
hope one person in southampton,who is in a position of authority,reads
I am a retired Detective. Police will no longer investigate
petty (whatever that means) crimes. I have evidence this policy
is unlawful. Local MP indifferent. How can I get this changed?
My wife is a farmers daughter she wants to join my daughter
on the March on Sunday.
I was looking for transport for her to go. I was very surprised
to hear the vast diversity of people who are joining the
spoke to three organisers none of whom are members of the
late motherinlaw was a subject of countryside crime the
thieves that took her quad bike tried to run her down, if
she had not had her dog with her she may not have been left
to tell the tale.
happened at around ten thirty at night because she telephoned
her local police stations, in both Kent and Surrey, she
was even able to advise the police by phone where the thieves
took untill 11o'clock the next day toattend. It seems that
the anti hunters have been able to get the members of the
public to think that the march is against hunting.
covers a wider diversity than this and if they are not listened
we will see the demise of the countryside.
for the lady on Radio Solent complining about the signs
in the Winchester City District, I hope that the police
were listening and she gets prosecuted. I doubt it.
you are discussing crime, does it not make one wonder that
if someone like this can get away with criminal damage and
tresspass what message does this send out to our younsters.
Burke, Editor of BBCi, Southampton says: The woman Ian is
talking about was taking down the Liberty and Livelihood
signs because she disagrees with the whole idea of the march.
Just thought I'd let you know...just in case you weren't
able to catch Radio Solent.
IT SEEMS THAT YOUTH THUGS TODAY SCORE POINTS WITH EACH OTHER
IF THEY HAVE A CRIMINAL RECORD.
SEEMS TO BE NO FEAR OF AUTHORITY ANY MORE AND THE MAGISTRATES
SOFT APPROACH HAS DONE NOTHING BUT WORSEN THE SITUATION
IN TODAYS SOCIETY.
IS AN EXTREMELY SERIOUS CRIME BUT TREATED WITH CONTEMPT
BY THE COURTS. THERE SHOULD BE A STAGGERED SCALE OF SENTENCES
FOR BURGLARS I.E. THREE STRIKES AND YOUR OUT.
all know the answer so why all the talk
need a much greater Police presence on our streets. not
at the Station--not in Cars but on foot.
must be responsible for their Children. Make them pay for
any damage caused by their young.
they are on "the Social" then stop their payments. next,
send them to Prison.
the Mother who kept her Children away from School? a few
days in prison changed her ways.
you want the Crime rate lowered--especially by youths you
must be tough. Humiliate them. Make them a laughing stock
to their mates. Publicly Birch them or use the Stocks. Stop
the chat--do something.
It is evident that the local police can't or won't do sufficient
to tackle the problem.
Chief Constable should be held accountable for failing to
maintain law and order.
residents need to establish a trained community action group,
who are on standby to help those who are being attacked
by the yobs, and where necessary to make citizens' arrests.
the parents of the trouble-causing children and youths should
be evicted, and the trouble makers themselves hauled before
the courts and sent to detention centres. Thank you
officers on the beat again.
2 effective rehabilition
3 punishment to include some form of recompense to victims
- linked to the crime
4 the public to be less apathetic
1. The NFDC have done nothing to punish the parents of children
who break the Tenancy Agreement by their vandalism/harrassment
of other Tenants.
2. They are able to issue the weakest of the new ideas: "aceptable
Behaviour contracts"...THEY REFUSE TO DO SO because they fear
action under Human Rights!!!..
3. They are reluctant to start Eviction...prefering to let
aggrieved Tenants move...thus allowing ghettos to start!
4. The Police will not issue ASBOs..they cost too much and
are ineffective! Magistrates dont like them either!!
5.Estelle Morris and hampshire LEA guaranteed thAt all School-excluded
children would be offered fulltime education from the start
of this school Year.
THAT WAS A LIE!!! mY GUESS IS THAT IT WILL BE IMPOSSIBLE...CHECK
IT OUT....BECAUSE THIS,I BELIEVE, IS A SERIOUS CON. HANTS
HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO DO IT SO ALL 5 OF THE VERY WORST HOOLIGANS
IN OUR VILLAGE ARE STILL ON PATROL DAYAND NIGHT
Make ALL criminals no matter what their age, completely
responsible for their actions as follows:
parents take responsibility for the actions of their children.
ALL criminals personally pay financial and total reparation
to their victims and face them to apologise.
fines out of the salaries of criminals until the debt has
been repaid. If they haven't got jobs, make them work!
no longer have respect for the law and for each other. The
legal system is far too lax and should be made really draconian
and bring people back into line.
The interview showed the local MP stating that "they needed
much more evidence do he need than your continued footage
showing scum ruining decent peoples lives.
police are not to blame, it's the courts. Give the young
thugs real punishment and not pathetic community service.
J Stelfox, Ferndown
My mother used to say when I was a lad 'Behave yourself
- we don't want your name in the papers'
identify hooligans (and parents) however old they are.
more police on the streets - take them from 'Traffic Division'
Get real with sentences - look how long they tucked Archer
away for versus what you get (if anything) for mugging old
to what everyone will tell you 'down the pub'. Hang all
the do-gooders. Regards
1. Since parents seem to no longer teach their children
social behaviour, should this become part of the national
Parents must be made responsible - this means they should
be liable for damage /distress caused by their offspring,
and should be charged in the event a crime is commited by
We need to look at prevention rather then cure and we need
to catch offenders when they are young - we need to look
at real disincentives to persuing a life of crime - kids
these days make a mockery of the justice system, the age
of criminal responsibility needs to be lowered.
parents need to be made FULLY responsible for the actions
of persisitent wrong-doers that fall under the age of criminal
responsibilty - perhaps through the reduction or even witholding
of state benefits (where applicable) or heavier fines where
way for detering older criminals is to adopt a 'three strikes
and you're out' approach whereby a third offence attracts
a long custodial sentance.
get real - more officers on the beat is not the real issue,
let's make the officers that are out there more efficient
by helping them to reduce paperwork and administration-type
duties that takes them away from directly tackling crime.
Many more police officers on the beat, together with a policy
of zero tolorance. This has been proven to work.
necessary, taxes should be put up to acheive the required
numbers of police officers. As an interim solution, in really
bad areas of crime, such as Leigh Park, why not bring in
troops to patrol these areas at night, as you showed tonight
so successfully policing towns in Kosovo.
this may be, but surely the law abiding residents of places
such as Leigh Park deserve a better quality of life.
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