Because the people responsible for the fall in
break-ins revealed in the new crime statistics is you and me.
The rainy weather has led to one ray of sunshine - a fall in burglaries.
Burglaries in parts of Sussex and Cleveland have dropped by as much as 60 per cent, while the fall in Nottinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Devon and Cornwall is between 20 and 25 per cent.
Some explanations for the fall in
property crime are similar to those given by law enforcement officials and criminologists for the drop in violent crime in the past several years - improved police tactics, a decline in the teen-age population, greater community involvement and longer prison sentences.
Supermarkets are not thought to be keen to promote the Atkins diet because, while it creates a boom ins ales of egg, beef and fatty foods, it has also led to a fall ins
ales of bread, potatoes and high carbohydrate ingredients.