Quick Guide: Law and order
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Crime rate

Violent crime

Policing

Drugs

ASBOs

Prisons

Policing

All parties have pledged to increase police numbers to fight crime.

The number of police has increased by 10% since Labour came into power and reached 139,000 by August 2004.

The Tories would add 40,000 more, the LibDems 10,000.

But crime clear-up rates are still low.

Both the government and opposition parties want more community policing, with the Conservatives calling for elected police commissioners.