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Study Finds Fall in Violent Crime

Magazine article Public Finance

Study Finds Fall in Violent Crime

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Serious violent crime has fallen significantly over the past five years, according to a study by Cardiff University researchers.

Analysing figures from 32 accident and emergency departments across England and Wales, Cardiff's violence research group noted a 13% fall in serious violence in England and a 20% fall in Wales.

Its April 25 report estimated that 25,700 fewer people attended major A&E departments following a violence-related injury in England in 2004 compared with 2000.

The researchers found that closed-circuit television systems in city centres had made a significant impact, helping police officers detect problems and break up disturbances. They speculated that improved socio-economic conditions and partnerships between police and councils to reduce crime and disorder could also have helped bring violence down.

Professor Jonathan Shepherd, director of the violence research group, said: 'The prevention of violence-related injury is a major public health priority. These results represent a clear reduction in harm across all age groups and both genders.'

The study will no doubt please ministers who have been insisting that crime levels are falling in the face of seemingly contradictory figures. …

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