TG Daily cites James Treadwell of the University of Leicester's Department of Criminology, who says cheaper electronics mean burglars no longer profit from breaking and entering.
"If we look back to the 1980s and 1990s, the type of staple crimes would be, for example, very often burglary and car crime, and those crimes worked because they followed a business model and it was possible to break into a house and steal a video recorder and sell that at a profit," Treadwell told TGDaily.
Treadwell goes on to say that cheap labor in China has greatly impacted the lives of criminals in the UK. "Gradually, the prices of such goods has fallen so low that they almost have no resale value. If you can buy a DVD player for £19.99, it's simply not worth stealing."
Today thieves are more inclined to steal personal items, which are easier to sell on and more valuable. As a direct result, Treadwell says that while there has been a decline in robbery via break-ins, there has been a rise in young people mugging each other to get their hands on the latest mobile phone.
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