Crime, Poverty and Reforms
At the end of the 18th century it was not just crime that was increasing but also poverty. The industrial revolution made many people rich but for many poor families (both in rural and urban areas) life was the worst it had been for a long time. As people moved into the towns and cities, the crime rate increased rapidly. Middle class people became alarmed at the increase in theft and rioting. Public disturbances occurred quite often throughout the country.