Crime Rate to rise by 40% as figures finally include Fraud
Previously unaccounted for figures for fraud and cybercrimes are set to push the overall crime rate up by a staggering 40%, according to Adrian Leppard, Commissioner of City of London Police.
Questions on financial crimes have for the first time been included in the Office for National Statistics Crime Survey for England and Wales. Police predict that this will add a further three million offences to the statistics, taking the total number of annual crimes to over 10 million for the first time in over a decade.
The figures will be a blow to the government’s insistence that society is becoming safer. Plans to cut billions from police budgets in the forthcoming spending review is likely to further raise public concern.
Experts have long called for an acknowledgement of the scale of fraud in the UK.
Commenting on the story, Darren Innes from, hasmyidentitybeenstolen.com, said,
“Whilst this is a step in the right direction what’s really needed is a sea change in the reporting of fraud by all parties involved, not just individuals. Only once ALL fraud and cyber-crimes are reported will we understand the true nature of the problem and so have a chance of being able to solve it”.