Thursday, September 20, 2007

Crime Rates Up in Britain, Down in Romania

A quote from The Daily Mail, 19 September 2007

The influx of Romanian migrants has led to an explosion in crime in this country, it emerged last night. As recent members of the EU, Romanians have had free access to Britain only since January 1. Yet in the first six months of this year, police say, they were responsible for 1,080 offences. Police believe some migrants from Romania are running organised criminal gangs. During the same period in 2006, only 135 such crimes were recorded. In an ironic twist Romanian authorities say crime there is dropping, fuelling suspicions that some offenders may have moved here. […]

Stan Bitlan, head of the police force in Ialomita County, Romania, said: “Yes there is a connection between what is happening here and the UK. What they are doing in the UK appears here in Romania in the form of luxury cars and houses.” […] Vasile Save, the mayor of Tandarei – a town that has seen 800 inhabitants leave in the first six months of this year – admits there is less crime in the area. […]

The leaked Home Office memo said an estimated 45,000 potential criminals from Romania and Bulgaria – which also joined in January this year – would travel to Britain following EU expansion. […] Previously, they could be identified and barred from entering Britain through the checks required to obtain a visa. As EU citizens, however, the only requirement is to produce a valid passport on entry – making them harder to spot.

Another quote from The Daily Mail, 19 September 2007

A Chief constable has ignited a new race debate in Britain by warning that more police officers are needed to deal with traffic offences and crimes such as prostitution caused by an influx of East European migrants. Cambridgeshire chief constable Julie Spence says the increase in migrants has left her force struggling to cope […] “We now deal with people from many different countries, speaking more than 90 different languages. While the economic benefits of growth are clear we need to maintain the basic public services infrastructure which means increasing the number of officers we have.”

“When they arrive they think they can do the same thing as in the country they have come from,” she told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme. “There were a lot of people who... because they used to carry knives for protection, they think they can carry knives here.” […] Migrants got into difficulties because they were unfamiliar with traffic laws, but police had also noticed a growth in prostitution, driven by the influx of large numbers of single men.

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