Quick Guide: Law and order
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Crime rate

Violent crime





Violent crime
There is a close relationship between alcohol and violent crime

More than one million people are the victims of violent crimes each year.

This number has been increasing rapidly - although some argue this is due to changes in reporting.

Overall, violent crime rose by 11% last year, with the biggest increases in violence against the person and rape.

The government wants to tackle "yob culture" by giving the police more powers to tackle disorderly behaviour in town centres with on-the-spot fines.