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GUEST,Patsy BS: UK fall in violent crime (31) RE: BS: UK fall in violent crime 25 Apr 14

From what I've observed it seems to me that the smoking ban and restrictive smoking in UK has in around about way has had a beneficial effect on personal discipline. I am not suggesting that a non-smoker is any less capable of murder than anyone else but it does give an equation of people a disciplined mindset. This is my theory anyway. I don't know how true my theory is but when smoking was permitted in pubs I was aware of more autocations than now making the odd trip out to the pub on occasions quite uncomfortable.

Zero tolerance of certain behaviour has also had a beneficial effect on personal safety in general IMO. The only concern I have is that the murder and abuse crimes that do break the news are so extreme despite the fall in violent crime. Animal cruelty springs to mind. To me this is just as violent an act as anything else, the cases exposed lately have been so tragic and what is more tragic the sentence is so low for this mindless crime. In particular I am thinking about the case of a family boxer dog which was left without food and water while the owner breezed off on holiday leaving the dog without making any arrangements for him causing great suffering to the poor dog which had been desperate to escape the house. The owner was a solicitor so we are talking about someone who you would think would know better. Cold and calculating IMO is just as violent in my book.

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