chapter  6
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Race and crime

THE BRITISH SCENE There is little direct information on the ethnic breakdown of the processing of ‘mentally disordered offenders’ (people designated as ‘mentally ill’ in the criminal justice system). There is however a large body of general criminological literature from which inference can be drawn on the relationship between black people, the police and the courts. The British Crime Survey (Home Office, 1994) offers some ethnic statistics about fear of crime and victimisation. Compared to whites, black people fear crime more, and are more worried about burglary, mugging and racial attacks. Among car owners, black people (compared to white counterparts) are more worried about theft of or from a car. Black households (compared to white ones) are more likely to have reported household offences of vandalism, thefts, burglary and all household offences. And a greater proportion of black people (compared to white) aged sixteen and over, who have been victims of crime, show victimisation for assaults, threats, robbery and theft from person, personal theft and all personal offences.