Crimewatch UK ‘forced to reflect falling crime rates in its reconstructions’

Official figures showing crime at its lowest rate in 30 years have opened up the BBC to yet more criticism of bias in the reconstructions it uses on its monthly Crimewatch UK television programme.

A survey issued by the Crimedia consultancy has shown that despite crime in England and Wales falling by 8% year-on-year, and statisticians confirming that the crime rate has halved since its peak in 1995, the crime rate in Crimewatch UK reconstructions remains stubbornly unchanged over the same period – evidence, it says, of a political agenda in the Corporation’s flagship crime-watching show.

The survey concluded that including reconstructions that feature ‘people getting home safely to unburgled houses’ would better reflect the true nature of Britain, reassure the public, and provide added “will-they-or-won’t-they” dramatic tension for the viewer.

Tristan Shout

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Posted: May 7th, 2013 by

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