Friday, September 08, 2006

Know your local crooks

An interesting story in the Telegraph. Merseyside police employed statisticians to produce a list of its most prolific criminals, as well as the crimes they are most likely to commit. The report showed that some crimes are more likely to be committed by people with particular names. All very well, I think. It's always good to see a police force occupying itself with the prevention and detection of crime. Goodness knows that doesn't happen enough these days.

Somehow, the report leaked. The Telegraph reports that:
"the area's top 10 bad boys are named, in order, James, Michael, John, Paul, Stephen, Anthony, David, Thomas, Lee and Christopher.

Women most likely to find themselves in the cells are those called Lisa, Paula, Samantha, Natalie, Emma, Nadine, Sarah, Claire, Gaynor and Kelly."

Apparently, women called Lisa rate highly in the domestic violence stakes. And I howled with laughter on reading that Dionne is the most popular name for a fraudster.

I wonder what the results would look like if my local Lewisham Borough police were to carry out such a survey. Anyway, I would much rather they didn't just now. I have just looked at their website, and the 'News' items are enough to make one barricade the doors and never again set foot outside. Far better that they spend their time patrolling the streets on our behalf.

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Anonymous janice battersby said...

To quote the Telegraph,

'perhaps the most surprising statistic is that in a city teeming with Waynes, only eight men with such a name feature in the research.'


2:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah right, like Lewisham police would have the resources to commission the research, even if they wanted to :)

2:51 PM  
Anonymous Political Teenager said...

It seems the article has been written in a nice and light hearted way, but we all know Liverpool's track record with the press. Will sales of the Daily Telegraph be hit?

3:06 PM  
Blogger Bel said...

I was wondering the same myself, political teenager. You know how sensitive they are when it comes to the press.

Saying that, I rather doubt that sales of the Telegraph are that high in Liverpool in the first place, relative to other big cities in the country :)

3:18 PM  
Anonymous Ellee said...

My son is called James, what hope for him then?

4:14 PM  
Blogger Bel said...

Ellee, as long as you guys don't live in Liverpool, I think he'll be fine :)
It seems the research is specific to that area. I think!

6:01 PM  
Anonymous gordon brown's niece said...

Strange that none of the names of the dodgy Brookside characters (Jimmy apart) have made it on to that list.

6:14 PM  
Anonymous trueblue said...

I see 'Nadine' is on that list.

If ever a name spelt trouble ...

8:04 PM  
Blogger Mike said...

And to think I used to think Michael was a name for nice guys like me ;-)

Ah well, I better get back to burgulary rounds!

6:56 PM  
Blogger Croydonian said...

I read a facetious item in The Spectator a few years back where the writer suggested anyone called Lee should just be locked up now.

8:17 PM  
Blogger Bel said...

Croydonian, thank you for enlivening my evening with that comment. That has amused me no end.

11:45 PM  
Blogger Croydonian said...

If you will allow a small meander, far and away the most popular name for male to female transsexuals is Amanda.

11:47 PM  

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