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Case Study 1 - How had changes in Britain led to new crimes? Task Glossary
   
 

The changes to Britain's economy and society brought by Industrial Revolution had a huge impact on crime, as you might think. There were warehouses stuffed with goods to sell. There were banks, where huge amounts of money were kept. There were goods lying around being transported from one place to another. The homes of those who got rich on the profits of industry presented new and tempting targets for burglars. These were all new opportunities for the age-old crime of theft.
There were also entirely new crimes brought about by these new conditions: not paying your fare on a railway train; vandalism on the tracks; stealing water from standpipes in the street (because houses did not have running water laid on); failure to send your children to school (after 1870); employing children under age (after the Factory Acts) and so on.
Whatever the amount or type of crime, there was greater awareness of it. Newspapers flourished, often, as now, giving lots of space to crime reporting.

 
 
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