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Urban crime

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15 March 2018

Episode 335

30 minutes


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The city has often been seen as a place where bad things happen – especially crime. And while many are still the backdrop against which murderers, robbers and fraudsters commit their offences, cities have actually become much safer in recent years.

15 March 2018

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Chapter 1

12 minutes


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Chapter 1

US: fall in urban crime

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The US has been witnessing a sharp decline in urban crime and the level is currently at its lowest since the first half of the 20th century. Writer Adam Gopnik explains why.

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Chapter 3

4 minutes


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Chapter 3

Do you have a valid ticket?

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Commuters in Serbia’s capital jump on buses and trams unencumbered by a travel card. Inspectors are supposed to keep passengers honest but they’ve got very little power to prosecute or punish.

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Chapter 4

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Chapter 4

Guess the siren

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On the programme’s very first game show, our editor Andrew Tuck tries to guess the emergency siren. Professor Trevor Cox explains why their sounds matter.

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