Published: Mon, October 23, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Trump Erroneously Credits Rise In UK Crime To 'Islamic Terror'

Trump Erroneously Credits Rise In UK Crime To 'Islamic Terror'

"Not good, we must keep America safe!" the US President tweeted on Friday.

According to the Guardian, the crime statistic recorded by the ONS said there was a "13 percent increase in all police-recorded offenses across England and Wales".

However, Trump's tweet presents an incomplete and somewhat distorted picture (and the numbers in fact cover only England and Wales, as opposed to the entire U.K).

He said: "For the sake of all Americans, we must confront and turn back the rising tide of violent crime".

Andrew Parker, director-general of MI5, said: "It is clear that we are contending with an intense United Kingdom terrorist threat from Islamist extremists". They declined to comment, adding that they don't now have a response to Trump's tweet.

"Today's figures suggest that the police are dealing with a growing volume of crime".

Trump's tweet continued a tradition of looking across the pond only to see terrorism, with his previous Britain-centered comments claiming that police were afraid of radicalized citizens and criticizing London Mayor Sadiq Khan in the immediate aftermath of attacks.

The report says the uptick "reflects a range of factors", including an increase in incidents, improvements to how crimes are recorded and more victims coming forward.

However, while the report cited an increase in thefts, crimes involving knives and a 19% increase in sexual offenses such as rape, it only touches on terrorism. Theft also rose 11 percent.

However, Mr Trump's information may have been derived from a further breakdown of the statistics, which showed a "substantial increase", of 59 per cent, in the number of attempted murder offences registered, which was largely due to terror-related cases.

Trump's comments came a day after the chief of Britain's MI5 domestic security service warned that the threat of radical Islamist attacks in Britain was at its "highest tempo" in his three-decade-long career.

These were a car-ramming attack on Westminster Bridge in March, a suicide bomb blast at an Ariana Grande Manchester concert in May, a van-ramming and knife attack at London Bridge in June and a partial explosion on a subway train in west London in September.

"Reminder: More people died in the Las Vegas shooting than in United Kingdom terror attacks this decade", tweeted one user. "You clearly don't understand difference between causation and correlation".

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