Is Our Crime Rate Really Worse Than South Africa's?
ENGLAND and Wales have higher crime rates than any of the world's other leading economies, according to a United Nations study.
It claims there is a higher risk of being assaulted, burgled, mugged or robbed here than in the U.S., South Africa, Russia or Germany.
In a survey which experts advised treating with caution yesterday, the UN's Office of Crime Control and Drugs Prevention collected crime figures for the year 2000 from around 60 countries then compared them to population sizes to produce a crime rate for every 100,000 inhabitants.
England and Wales emerged as one of the very worst, with 9,766 crimes per 100,000 - the highest rate among the major economic powers. Higher crime rates were only found in Dominica, Finland and New Zealand - all of which have far smaller populations.
Several nations traditionally seen as high crime countries actually compared favourably with England and Wales.
The U.S., for instance, had 8,517 crimes per 100,000 people, while South Africa had 7,997 and Russia 2,022. …