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date: 25 May 2024


  1. Labour is the party of law and order in Britain today. Tough on crime and tough on the causes of crime.
    Tony Blair 1953–  British Labour statesman, Prime Minister 1997—2007: speech at the Labour Party Conference, 30 September 1993
  2. The fear of burglars is not only the fear of being robbed, but also the fear of a sudden and unexpected clutch out of the darkness.
    Elias Canetti 1905–94 Bulgarian-born writer and novelist: Crowds and Power (1960)
  3. Once in the racket you're always in it.
    Al Capone 1899–1947 Italian-born American gangster: in Philadelphia Public Ledger 18 May 1929
  4. Crime isn't a disease, it's a symptom. Cops are like a doctor that gives you aspirin for a brain tumour.
    Raymond Chandler 1888–1959 American writer of detective fiction: The Long Good-Bye (1953)
  5. Thieves respect property. They merely wish the property to become their property that they may more perfectly respect it.
    G. K. Chesterton 1874–1936 English essayist, novelist, and poet: The Man who was Thursday (1908) ch. 4
  6. Thou shalt not steal; an empty feat,
    When it's so lucrative to cheat.
    Arthur Hugh Clough 1819–61 English poet: ‘The Latest Decalogue’ (1862)
  7. Singularity is almost invariably a clue. The more featureless and commonplace a crime is, the more difficult is it to bring it home.
    Arthur Conan Doyle 1859–1930 Scottish-born writer of detective fiction: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1892) ‘The Boscombe Valley Mystery’
  8. Major Strasser has been shot. Round up the usual suspects.
    Julius J. Epstein 1909–2001, Philip G. Epstein 1909–52, and Howard Koch 1902–95 American screenwriters: Casablanca (1942 film); spoken by Claude Rains
  9. A clever theft was praiseworthy amongst the Spartans; and it is equally so amongst Christians, provided it be on a sufficiently large scale.
    Herbert Spencer 1820–1903 English philosopher: Social Statics (1850) pt. 2, ch. 16, sect. 3
  10. When Mexico sends people, they're not sending their best. They're sending people that have lots of problems…They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.
    Donald Trump 1946–  American businessman and Republican politician: announcing his candidacy for the presidency, 16 June 2015, in New York Post 17 June 2016