Victims Let Down by Poor Crime-Recording
"The national average rate of under-recording of crime is almost one in
five, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) has found in its
report, ‘Crime-recording: making the victim count', published today.
This was the most extensive inspection and analysis of
crime-recording ever carried out, which examined over 8,000 reports of
crime to the police. The national average of under-recording of crime
is 19 per cent, which amounts to over 800,000 crimes each year. The
inspection was into the integrity of police-recorded crime data; it was
not an inspection or inquiry into the integrity of the police.
In the audit period (November 2012 – October 2013), police were found
to be less likely to record violent and sexual offences as crimes than
other crime types. The inspection found that, on the national average,
over a quarter of sexual offences and a third of violent crime reported
to the police each year are not being recorded as crime."
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