Nothing happened the weekend. No visit to a sunkissed beach, no camping trips, no Australian citizenship ceremonies; no fetes, no fun-fairs or BBQ’s.
Not even a zombie walk.
So I had no idea what to write about today, until I saw this headline…
So I decided to write about crime. Which of our countries, between Australia and the UK, suffer the most burglaries?
The case for and against the UK.
For my first witness, I bring you UKCrimeStats. According to them, there were something like half a million burglaries in England and Wales in the 12 month period from December 2010 to November 2011.
Source: National Picture
For my second witness I introduce to you TescoCompare. They have a page dedicated to UK burglary statistics, and they say there are 781,866 burglaries each year, one every 40 seconds.
Update May 2015: I’m afraid Tesco have now taken that page down, but I can assure you, the figures were as above.
The case for and against Australia.
I call the Courier Mail to the witness box. The RACQ released something called the Home Security Index Survey and yesterday the Courier Mail wrote this article about it.
As you know, we love a good survey here on BobinOz, so I searched feverishly around the Internet to try and get the full report.
It was nowhere to be seen. Stolen perhaps?
So we will just have to settle for the Courier Mail article, and you can read that here, which says that Queensland has 450 burglaries per week. Grabbing my calculator, that adds up to 23,400 burglaries a year in Queensland alone.
As Queensland contains about 1/5 of Australia’s national population, I thought that multiplying 23,400 x 5, so 117,000, would give me a rough estimate of the annual number of burglaries per year in Australia.
My second witness from Australia is none other than the government themselves. They say “Household burglary is one of the most widespread crimes in Australia – with around 335,700 break-ins recorded in 2009-10.” Source: AIC
If that’s true, then why are Queensland police “struggling to cope” with a mere 450 burglaries a week? According to my maths, that’s almost one third of the national average!
Something’s not right.
I can’t really tell which country has the worst burglary crime rate, it depends whose figures I believe.
For example, the Tesco website says that there were 32,792 burglaries in West Midlands which, apparently, has a population of around 5.3 million people. Here in Queensland we apparently had 23,400 burglaries from a population of about 4.3 million.
On that basis, Queensland has fewer robberies per capita than the West Midlands.
But if the UK really does have 781,866 burglaries every year compared to Australia’s 335,700 break-ins, then Australia has far more burglaries nationally per capita than the UK.
After all, there are only about 22 million of us, there are 64 million in the UK.
Conclusion: which country is worse?
I don’t really know, there are so many issues with crime and statistics. The difference between crimes and reported crimes, for one. Each country’s definition of burglary could be different, so it’s hard to tell for sure.
But what I can be sure about is it’s important to research exactly where you choose to live, whichever country you live in. Where I live here in Australia, the crime rate is extraordinarily low. Yet I can point you to a suburb about 10 kilometres away where the crime rate is extraordinary high.
It’s well worth some research before you buy.
I won’t even tell you about the Australian locksmith who claims there is one robbery every minute here in Australia. That would equate to over 525,000 robberies a year!
Wow! He must be desperate to sell those locks.
How is crime where you are? You can comment below…..