‘Cinderella crimes’ of fraud and burglary should be priorities for police, review warns
Fraud and burglary should be prioritized by police to regain public trust, major scrutiny will recommend, as experts have warned they are currently being treated as “Cinderella crimes”.
The policing strategic review, due out this week and set to be the biggest report of its kind in decades, will link declining confidence in the force to failures linked to rising cases of fraud and low-level crime.
According to a survey to be part of the publication, only one in a thousand frauds led to a charge or summons to court.
chain of scandals
The review will also show that the Metropolitan Police have suffered the biggest drop in public perception after a year of high-profile scandals, The Sunday Times reported.
Almost three-quarters of respondents expressed confidence in their local police in 2020, down 5% from 2016.
Mike Haley, chief executive of Cifas, Britain’s largest independent anti-fraud agency, said the statistics were an “outrageous” indictment of how crime is controlled.
“For too long, fraud has been Cinderella’s service, ignored by policy makers and considered a low priority by police,” he said.
“Research has proven the link between fraud and organized crime, with money raised through fraud often used to fund other serious crimes such as people and drug trafficking.”
“We would like fraud to become a police priority. It is outrageous that fraud accounts for 40% of all crime, while only 2% of all police funds are allocated to its fight.
Last year, analysis of official crime statistics revealed nearly a million burglaries had gone unsolved since October 2015, due to concerns about the impact of cuts to neighborhood policing.
Take tougher measures
Priti Patel, the Home Secretary, is expected to welcome the findings of the strategic review, which urges police to take tougher action on low-level ‘traditional’ crimes, such as car theft and burglary, thought to be “eliminated” due to scarce resources.
Sir Michael Barber, chairman of Delivery Associates and the review, is set to recommend the creation of a new government agency to reform the police approach to crime prevention.
In a speech at the Center of Policy Studies in February, Sir Michael warned that the police were struggling to adapt to the present, let alone prepare for the future, as he compared forces to Betamax video recorders in a world of “blockchain criminals”.