Crime and its Consequences

  • Ian O’Donnell
Part of the Social Indicators Research Series book series (SINS, volume 32)
This chapter examines the relationships between crime, risk, fear and the politics of punishment. It takes as its frame of reference the period 1990 to 2004. A fundamental change in the way crimes were categorised in 2000, when the focus shifted from ‘indictable’ to ‘headline’ crime, makes interpretation problematic, and the limited quality of the data renders international comparisons unreliable. Nonetheless a number of trends are marked and can be summarised as follows:
  1. 1.

    Recorded indictable crime rose steadily between 1990 and 1994.

  2. 2.

    Recorded indictable crime fell sharply between 1995 and 1999.

  3. 3.

    Recorded headline crime fell, surged and then declined between 2000 and 2004.



House Price Crime Rate Prison Population Crime Statistic Criminal Victimisation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ian O’Donnell
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of CriminologyUniversity CollegeDublin

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