Longer-term trends from the BCS show that since 1995, the number of violent incidents has fallen by half (50%) and is now at a similar level to 1981. This fall represents two million fewer incidents and around 800,000 fewer victims in 2009/10 compared with 1995.
The collapse of society shouldn't look like this. Britain, like Ireland, seems to be experiencing a shift in the right direction, with falling risk from violent crime, not rising. We will have to see how these riots change the statistics for 2011, but a sincere look at the statistics shouldn't alarm us by the way Britain has been changing in recent years.
The 619 offences currently recorded as homicide in 2009/10 represent the lowest number since 1997/98, when 606 were recorded.