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We've blogged before about the burgeoning growth of Britain's private security biz. With the police largely useless in combating crime on our streets, ordinary people are turning to private sector alternatives.
So far, the public face of this has been the private forces patrolling well-heeled areas like Primrose Hill (eg see this blog). Going forward we can expect to see entrepreneurial firms like Gomulka offering a wider range of services.
Today's Sunday Times has a story written by journalist Graham Duffill on how he got badly beaten up over a parking altercation in leafy Barnes. Despite the fact that he identified the thug and the thug's address, the police did nothing. Absolutely nothing.
So what, you ask. The police never do anything.
True enough. Which is why the Major has long been in favour of sorting things directly.
But what is new is that even lib media types in plush Barnes are now having the same thoughts. Consider the reaction Duffill has had from friends. He writes:
"Surprisingly I have had no fewer than three offers from professional, middle-class friends to use someone they know who “sorts out problems like this”.
I do - did - believe in the police because the consequences of indulging in “citizen justice” are too terrifying to contemplate. But increasingly I am told by conservative, law-abiding people: “You can’t rely on the police any more - they’re useless.”
Cost? As blogged previously, Tyler used to have a work colleague from Sarf London who reckoned he could get someone taken out for six grand. That was a decade ago, so the price may have gone up a bit, but the recent influx of skilled workers from Eastern Europe must have kept it reasonable. No wonder law-abiding middle class crime victims are getting interested.
Despite non-stop government propaganda to the contrary, we all know that serious crime - the crime we really worry about - is soaring.
During the summer we looked at the latest Home Office crime stats (see this blog). Taking crimes actually recorded by the police (as opposed to the imaginary half-baked "crimes" reported in the government's heavily spun BCS opinion poll), and focusing on the HO's own definition of the three most serious crime categories, we found that in the decade to 2006-07:
- "most serious violence against the person" (including homicide and serious wounding) was up 35%
- "most serious sexual crime" was up 40%
- robbery was up 61%.
A straight average of these three categories says that serious crime- the crime we actually worry most about- is up by 45% (see blog for tedious stats footnote).
We desperately need those elected sheriffs, so hurrah for Dave and David for promising to let us have them.
But the way things are going, the private sector may well be first to market.
PS We could of course always go the whole hog with a complete parallel criminal justice system: