Is a vast iceberg of female crime being totally ignored?

Yesterday we posted a link to piece about a 47-year-old woman with 184 previous convictions, who’d originally been given a suspended sentence after blackmailing a pensioner out of £40,000.

The leniency shown towards women as a class by the criminal justice system is so extreme, you have to wonder if the police and CPS – both highly gender-politicised institutions, and becoming ever more so – refrain from prosecuting many women on the basis of gender, and/or because they know the women won’t be punished appropriately by the courts, to the extent of providing a deterrence to future wrongdoing. So I was interested in the following comment left in response to the piece:

Although we keep hearing of females getting suspended sentences for their crimes, is it possible that a vast iceberg of female crime is being totally ignored?

I have a friend that has the misfortune to live next door to an anti-social tenant. She has caused criminal damage, hurls abuse about, threatens people, has attacked her assorted partners, fly tips, seems to fail to comply with her tenancy agreement, has had her children removed by social services, lives rent and council tax free, seemingly owes the council thousands in rent arrears, drinks heavily and has been known to have the odd puff of the waccy baccy.

Witnesses and CCTV have caught her acts of vandalism/damage and the cops have done nothing. The female cop (am I allowed to use the term Plodette?) even suggested to one householder that her attack, with a long wooden pole, on his CCTV (on his property) was her merely adusting it.

Another individual highlighted to the visiting cop that there was a smell of cannabis in the air, the cop seemingly had a cold.

So, complaints to the all female council anti-social behaviour officer, the council community safety officer, the council head of housing, and the cops have come to nothing. If a man were to carry on in such a fashion they would probably be faced with a ban from renting social housing as well as several court rulings/punishments and probably a criminal record.

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