Describe law and order in the late nineteenth century?

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Describe law and order in the late nineteenth century?

In 1829 Sir Robert Peel, Home Secretary, created a police force named the Metropolitan Police force, however the methods of policing were still very poor even with this new force in action, there was not the technology and experience of crime we have today. In the late nineteenth century there was an increase in major crimes like murders and there were a lot more street crimes like theft, this was becoming a growing problem. The main aim of the Metropolitan police was to deter criminals from committing crime rather than spending more time solving them. The Metropolitan Police estimated that there were 1,200 prostitutes in Whitechapel and many more women who took clients from time to time to supplement their weekly earnings. There were more than 200 lodging houses, which could sleep almost 9,000 people in long rooms with rows of beds. More than half of the children born in the East End died before the age of five and many who survived were brought up in poverty. The majority of London’s east end had a poor paid job if even any job and turned to prostitution to make extra money. Since the Metropolitan Police Force did not have the technology to vary their detection techniques they relied on a manual intensive guarding of the Whitechapel area, and consequently also depended on catching any criminal at the scene of the crime with evidence at hand.

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