ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

UK streets: The truth about the state of 'Great' Britain

Updated on September 23, 2015

UK streets at night

As I write this article the screaming sound of sirens rip through the air like an acoustic beacon. The sound is as familiar to me as an ice cream truck is to a suburban child and it is becoming a nightly ritual. I have grown up in many urban areas and I know the first rule about night time travel; never go alone. If you take a trip around urban Britain you won't see men in top bowler hats, sipping tea and eating biscuits. What you will see are eyes of scorn following your every move like a pack of hungry wolves, praying on the weak and pouncing on the unfortunate. You can try to escape through the maze of alleyways, but what lies in the darkness cast by the terraced housing on either side is much worse.

This shows the Manchester city areas crime rating.
This shows the Manchester city areas crime rating. | Source
Pie chart showing the break down of reported crimes in the Manchester City area
Pie chart showing the break down of reported crimes in the Manchester City area | Source

Anti Social Behavior

The biggest problem that the British public face is anti-social behavior. In England and Wales, ASB crimes were reported over 184,000 times in the month of July, which is 10,000 higher than the month of June. If we take Manchester City as an example it is considered one of the highest crime areas in England. Looking at the pie chart on the right shows ASB far exceeding any other form of crime in that area. I once lived in Manchester and I have witnessed crime many times, most of which went unreported. Gangs of people would roam the streets ranging from 12 to 30 years of age; some of them would look for fights. The UK boasts strong gun and knife control laws, however there are some areas that even police will not travel through. Sometimes I wonder if the lack of police presence is done on purpose to allow violent crimes to happen. Why would the government care if someone on the dole was stabbed to death? It would be one less mouth they have to feed and look after.

Being part of the EU has made things worse as the freedom of movement allows anyone within the EU to enter, live and work in the UK without question. This has greatly benefited our economy, however on the other side it has allowed criminals from other countries to enter and most of them have no qualms about continuing their criminal activities. Here is a video from the West Midlands Police trying to raise awareness of ASB:-

As you can see it shows a teenager approaching two other teenagers about hanging out around his sisters house. The happy ending would rarely happen in the real world as the two lads wearing the masks would have probably smashed his head in and taken his phone. The 'Down with the kids' style in the video is cheesy and has little effect, evident by the 1,000 views it has - half of which probably work for the police.

Two prisoners seen posing in their cells, as you can see there is a PS4 in the background. This picture was uploaded to Facebook while they were serving their time.
Two prisoners seen posing in their cells, as you can see there is a PS4 in the background. This picture was uploaded to Facebook while they were serving their time.

Crime... And Punishment???

The Judicial system is a joke in the UK, as more and more people commit crimes the prison sentences seem to get shorter and shorter. In most cases there is no prison sentence the criminals involved will most likely have to wear a tag for a while. Here is a story about a youth causing trouble to his local shop; for protection we will call him Bob. Bob was a chap in his early twenties and he had numerous ASBO's (Anti Social Behavior Orders). Bob used to terrorize a local shop until one day they had enough and snapped a picture of him throwing a brick at their window. Bob was arrested and questioned, however his solicitor was able to get all charges dismissed. How? He claimed that bob was not throwing the brick, as he was merely defending himself from a brick that was thrown at him. As for the damaged window he concluded that it was a setup to have Bob arrested. The police found the evidence to be inefficient to convict Bob and he walked out with a smile on his face.

There is very little justice for victims and when they do finally see a criminal convicted they also see that they have access to Facebook and a PS4. Prisons do not seem to deter criminals anymore as there are more luxuries when serving a sentence than being a mentally ill patient recovering from a break down. I'm not saying that being in prison is an easy ride as I am sure the lack of freedom and constant abuse from other inmates makes it uncomfortable at times, however it is certainly not a place that installs fear into criminals. Between 2013 and 2014, the average cost per prisoner to the UK Government was £33,785. That means one person going to prison for one year will drain the tax payers of £33,785, which about 1.2 times the average national salary. Some inmates are serving life sentences which in the UK is on average 15 years prison time, which costs will £506,775 - not taking into account inflation.

The government needs to ensure it looks after the hard working people of Britain and unfortunately I know there are millions of people that feel vulnerable.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • James Power profile imageAUTHOR

      James Power 

      3 years ago

      Yep that is the perfect description of the uk prison. They get 3 meals per day, gym, tv, snooker tables, recreational classes to attend, workshops and qualifications handed to them to help "integrate" them back into society.

    • peachpurple profile image


      3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Wow prison is like a hostel tp the prisoners


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)