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Where is the Olympic Torch Most Likely to be Stolen?

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A large Police and security operation follows the Olympic Torch as it passes through England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, but where is it most likely that the Olympic Torch could get stolen, has it been stolen before and how does this affect me?

The Olympic Torch is passing through more than a 1000 cities, towns and villages on its relay route.  The flame will be stopping at a different location on each of the 70 day journey, Researchers at mycrimeprevention.co.uk decided to identify where the main threats to face the Olympic Torch are based on crime levels within these areas.


Last years crime levels for locations where the Torch is stopping in England and Wales have been analysed, with levels indicating how many crimes occurred in each location.  The ten locations with the highest crime levels included a mix of places from the North and South. See if your area is in the top ten of the mycrimeprevention.co.uk Olympic Torch Relay crime list

 

Where could the Olympic Torch Get Stolen?

Rank

Day Torch Visits

Stop Location

Crimes per 1000 population

1

July 26th

Westminster

96.1

2

July 27th

Stratford

85.8

3

June 23rd

Manchester

73.6

4

July 21st

Waltham Forest

71.7

5

July 7th

Cambridge

68.8

6

July 10th

Reading

68.1

7

June 28th

Nottingham

67.4

8

July 14th

Southampton

66.9

9

June 22nd

Blackpool

66.8

10

July 25th

Haringey

66.5

 

Don't worry, it's not all bad news for the security services and people living on the relay route, the ten safest places for the Olympic Torch are here

 

Where could the Olympic Torch be Stolen?

Rank

Day Torch Visits

Stop Location

Crimes per 1000 population

46

June 20th

Carlisle

35.1

47

July 22nd

Bexley

34.3

48

July 18th

Dover

34.1

49

May 21st

Taunton

33.3

50

July 19th

Maidstone

31.1

51

June 16th

Durham

30.8

52

July 6th

Chelmsford

27.6

53

July 11th

Salisbury

26.1

54

May 19th

Land’s End

25.3

55

June 21st

Bowness-on-Windermere

21.0

 

Has the Olympic Torch been Stolen Before?

Olympic Torches have been stolen before, however not during the relay itself. Brian McDonald stole a torch carried during the relay for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.

During the 2012 relay, Olympic Torch banners have been stolen from Bath, but as the table above shows the biggest threat to the Olympic Torch itself being stolen could still be to come in the final few weeks of the relay.

What are these tables telling us?

The information in both tables highlights differences between crime levels in various parts of England and Wales based on the population within these areas (information for Scotland and Northern Ireland is not available).  Areas such as Westminster in 2010/11 had 96 crimes per 1000 population, significantly higher than Bowness-on-Windermere with 21 crimes per 1000 population.

The highest area on this list outside of London is Manchester with 73.6 crimes per 1000 population, more than double the rate experienced in the 10 locations with the lowest crime levels.

Why does such variation in crime levels take place?

There are many factors causing variations in crime between the areas visited by the Olympic Torch. Areas such as Westminster may have a small resident population, but have a daytime population of 1.2 million people, therefore increasing the potential number of crime victims and criminals within the area.

One of the other major factors to affect these figures is the summer 2012 riots, the five top places on the list were all affected by riots in August 2012, however the figures do still provide a very interesting way to compare crime levels within England and Wales.

One of the aims of mycrimeprevention.co.uk is to make the public more aware of crime in their area so they take precautions to try and prevent becoming the next victim of crime.  The variation of crime levels along this relay route highlights how the potential for becoming a victim of crime changes in various parts of the country.

Comment by Mycrimeprevention.co.uk

David Sand of mycrimeprevention.co.uk commented 'although it is highly unlikely that the Olympic Torch will be stolen while in the relay, the Olympic Torch route has been used to highlight the variations in crime levels in different geographic locations and how all of us  should consider using crime prevention products to avoid becoming the next victim of crime. To highlight this fact, Mycrimeprevention.co.uk will be updating the Olympic Torch relay location and assigning a Red, Amber or Green classification based on the crime level of the area, follow the threat level at mycrimeprevention.co.uk'

Going to watch the Olympic Flame relay in your town?  Read our guide to staying safe watching the Olympic Flame

 

 

 

Information for this article came from the Home Office and is based upon recorded crime rate per 1000 population.  The image is by Jon Candy

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