John Halewood-Dodd column

John Halewood Dodd.
John Halewood Dodd.

In the week of the horrific incident that led to the stabbing of 61 year old teacher, Ann Maguire, allegedly by a 15 year old pupil she was teaching, it seems a tragic irony that serious violent crime has seemingly halved in the last decade.

I concede that I have previously questioned the validity of studies and reports whose findings are based on statistical data but it would seem that almost all agree that violent crime is on the decline.

Not just here in the U.K. but in almost every other Western country.

When looking into this I discovered that some of the sources that led to these findings are undoubtedly legitimate.

For example, figures illustrated that of 117 Hospital Accident and Emergency Departments surveyed in England and Wales the average reduction in the number of patients treated as a result of serious assaults fell by 12 per cent last year.

This follows a year on year reduction for the last six years.

This then begs the question as to what might be the reason for this and various theories are being banded about.

These include that it’s no longer cool to be macho, that binge drinking and the drug culture are reducing because of financial constraints, that there’s more CCTV, deterrent prison sentences, and even the removal of lead from petrol.

It may well be that some or all of these are contributory factors, but could it not be that we’re all becoming nicer to each other?

I for one would like to think so.