Law and Order in Victorian London
In this essay I will be discussing what law and order was seen as inVictorian London. I will be discussing the corruption throughout lawand order in the country, how crimes led to the formation of theMetropolitan police and a new prison system.
The industrial revolution was the reason why crimes, population, moneyand valuable goods had increased. If you were poor, there was a lot ofmoney and valuable goods to be taken for grabs. The invention newcrimes had become to show such as; street gambling, pick pocketing andmurder. The gradual increase of crime was outstanding. It hadincreased from 5000 in 1800 till 20000 in 1840. This shows that manypeople disobeyed the rules and regulations and that something wasmissing in protection of society. With all factories goods coming intothe UK there was more valuable items to steal especially with a largeincrease of poverty.
There was huge numbers of unemployment due to machinery being morereliable and efficient than humans. This then made a new consequence;it led to more poverty and more people desperate for money. This showsthat this may be one of the reasons why crimes increased. Asunemployment was increasing, immigrants were coming to Britain alsoleading to a huge increase in the population and also an increase incrime. This is because of the lack of jobs. As there was lots of moneysurrounding the poor, little law and order and no jobs, people justlooted factories and warehouses for goods. This logically is humane todo, as if you’re starving and there is no jobs to cover then the onlyoption left is to steal. Children had to go to school due to the 1870education act. Parents made children miss school to swipe food, pickpocket or any other method of breaking the law for beneficial reasons.
At the start of the 1800’s crime, law and order became a majorincreasing problem. In 1839 the population of London was 1.5 million