London: Britain has emerged as the violent
crime capital of Europe in a European Commission research.
According to European Commission statistics, more
than three times as many rapes, sexual assaults, robberies and
physical assaults have been recorded in Britain as compared to
other nations of the continent, particularly France.
Britain also had the highest number of burglaries
and one of the lowest numbers of police officers per head of
population, according to the statistics published by the
Commission`s statistical arm `Eurostat`.
Eurostat analysts compared UK crime statistics from
2002 to 2008 with the rest of the EU. More than one million
violent crimes were committed in Britain in 2008, the highest
total for any European country. France was next with 331,778,
the `Daily Express` reported.
The UK also recorded the highest number of
domestic burglaries -- 284,427. This was over 50 per cent more
than France and Italy, which were second and third.
In total, Eurostat said more than 4.7 million crimes
of all categories were recorded in the UK in 2008 -- more than
six a minute -- and second only to Germany. The figure
included 785 murders, topped by France with 839.