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What's Changing? - Crime

Crime

 

Please see below selected recent crime-related change.

 

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In figures:

 

January 2020

  • More than 61,000 people have disappeared as a result of Mexico's deadly drug war, according to new government data. While some of these cases date back to the 1960s, the majority of disappearances have occurred since the 2006 government crackdown on organised crime groups.

 

July 2019

  • Global executions fell by almost a third in 2018 to the lowest figure in at least a decade, Amnesty International said in its global statistical review of the death penalty. 

 

May 2019

  • In 2018, German authorities recorded 1,800 anti-Semitic crimes nationwide, a 20% annual increase. Almost all of the crimes were reportedly perpetrated by right-wing groups.
  • The UK is home to a world-class financial services industry, but also a vast money laundering machine. The City is a key hub in the rampant kleptocracy, financial crime and tax evasion that is afflicting the world. The sums earned fraudulently are so large as to be barely comprehensible - Prospect examined the "ramshackle" system tasked with tracking them down.

 

March 2019

  • Since the launch of a campaign against organised crime in January 2018, China has brought more than 10,000 alleged gangsters to trial across the country. The effort aimed, in part, to assuage citizens' growing concerns about gangs' control over large portions of both the formal and informal economies.
  • Knife crimes are on the rise across Britain, according to The Econnomist. In the 12 months to March 31st 2018, 285 people were stabbed to death in England and Wales, the highest number since records began in 1946. The number of people aged 18 and under being treated for stab wounds has increased by 66% over the past five years in England. Some, including the head of the Metropolitan Police, link the outbreak in violence to cuts to police funding, which have resulted in the number of officers declining by 16% since 2010.

 

February 2019

  • In 1997, about 5 percent of crimes in Japan were committed by people over the age of 65. By 2017, the percentage had risen to 20. Why, asked GZEROMedia? Some say Japan’s pension system isn’t generous enough and that the elderly are choosing prison, where they’re guaranteed three meals a day, over poverty. Others add that many older Japanese would rather live within a prison community than isolated and lonely on the outside. Whatever the cause, this may become a problem worth studying in all countries with fast-expanding populations of pensioners.

 

January 2019

  • Refinitiv’s 2019 financial crime survey revealed that 47% of respondent companies were a victim of at least one financial crime in the last 12 months, resulting in an aggregated $1.45 trillion in lost revenue. 
  • In Brazil, criminal gangs have posed a serious challenge for the state for many years, and the problem is getting worse. In the state of Ceará, gangs are reportedly paying young people in poor communities to plant bombs and start fires. The latest wave of destruction is now in its third week. It includes attacks on banks, bridges, and other infrastructure. The kids can reportedly earn 1,000 reais ($266) for torching a bus and 5,000 reais ($1,330) for igniting “a fire of great proportions”, reported Quartz.

 

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July 2018

  • Of the 154,557 murders committed in Mexico from 2010 to 2016, 94.8 percent remain unpunished. Compare that figure with 52 percent in Asia and 20 percent in Europe, , noted Signal Media. 
  • Record homicide levels have sapped some $120 billion from Brazil’s economy since the mid-1990s, according to a 2018 government report. To put that in perspective, that’s almost equal to what the US spent on the Marshall Plan to revive Western Europe after World War Two, noted Signal Media. 

 

June 2018

  • According to CB Insights, since late 2013, a band of cybercriminals has infiltrated the digital security of 100+ banks in 40 nations to steal about $1.2bn. The string of thefts, known as Carbanak, is said to be the biggest digital bank heist in history.
  • GZEROMedia noted that multiple studies have shown that immigrants commit crimes at much lower rates than native-born citizens, and some have found that crime rates tend to drop in places where large groups of immigrants are admitted. (Three such studies can be found herehere, and here.)
  • Some 95 percent of homicides in Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador go unpunished, according to the Atlantic Council. That level of impunity, coupled with some of the highest murder rates in the world, is one of the main factors pushing people to seek refuge in the United States, believes Signal Media.
  • Contrary to the media’s narrative, since 1990, the likelihood of an American being a victim of a firearm related homicide has reportedly fallen by over 28%.
  • A recent presentation explored how digital criminals will make use of new AI techniques to run amok (and what we might be able to do about it).

 

Pre-2018

  • The Harvard Business Review claimed that, in Russia, more than 2.5m officials in politics, the police, taxation, education, and other fields receive a total of up $45m per year in bribes, according to a paper from Volgograd State University. 21% of Russians admit to bribing tax inspectors, 16.2% to bribing police officers and judges, and 13.9% to bribing fire inspectors. The average Russian company pays $135,800 in bribes annually, the paper says.
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