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11:11 am: We were watching the 2010 series of Futurama last night when someone from the British Crime Survey came, to interview me about my experiences and perceptions of crime.

The perception stuff was very difficult to answer, I was for example asked whether I reckoned crime was going up or down in the area (which I have lived in for all of 2 months), and whether it was high or low compared to the national average, what I thought of the efficacy of the police, the CPS, the courts, the prisons and the probation service. Not all the questions relating to change were phrased with a specific time-frame, which seemed a bit dodgy. I was also asked what newspapers I read. I didn't know they collected that - that implies that they have data showing correlation of crime perception vs. newspapers. I'm going to see if I can dig that up.

I was asked whether I had been a victim of crime in the last 12 months (no), whether I'd witnessed various things (none I could think of). For a good part of the survey, I was handed the computer myself to directly answer questions, without the surveyor knowing the answers. These were mostly on drug use and sexual assault (and one question asking my sexual orientation). Drugs questions asked both whether I had done them and whether I had heard of them. I spent some time trying to remember the answer to one of these.

The oddest question on the survey asked me whether I had been sent various forms of 419 scams (er, yes, lots. doesn't everyone?).

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From:thatmakesmemad
Date:January 30th, 2012 10:01 am (UTC)
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Should have confided in them that you don't call the police as they have failed society and that you lurk on the rooftops by night in tight fitting clothing and utility belts.
After admitting to doing lots of drugs but completely failing to recognise any of the drugs.
Sexual orientation - east towards Mecca.
Quote from http://fullfact.org/blog/crime_British_Crime_Survey_ONS_public_perception-2871
"They provide data that shows that 'newspaper readership was the strongest predictor of perceiving that the national crime rate had gone up. Those reading ‘broadsheet’ newspapers (such as The Guardian or The Independent) had lower odds of perceiving that the national crime rate had increased than those reading ‘popular’ newspapers (such as The Sun or The Daily Star).'"
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From:abigailb
Date:January 30th, 2012 10:06 am (UTC)
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Ooh, excellent!

So, next step is to find out some appropriate charge to arrest tabloid editors on.
From:thatmakesmemad
Date:January 30th, 2012 10:59 am (UTC)
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What I want to know is considering that they have direct connections to the police force (see arrest of police and journalists for being too er close) how come they get the figures wrong !!!
Yup I know don't print the truth print the story.
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