20 per cent of crimes reported to the police go unrecorded

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18th November 2014 13:02 - Public Consultation

A report by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary which looked in to 8,000 reports of crime in England and Wales, has shown that one in five (20 per cent) of the total reported crimes per year go unrecorded*.

When looking at violent crime, the percentage goes up as a third of crimes were not recorded.

Sexual crimes are not recorded at a rate of 26 per cent and within the sample, 37 rapes were not recorded.

Some reports considered as a “no-crime” were rape allegations (200) and violent crimes (250).

A separate report by The Office for National Statistics last month (October 2014) revealed that rape is rising at a rapid rate. Between June 2013 and June 2014, there were 22,116 rapes reported. This is a rise of 29% on the previous year.

However, even when crimes are reported and recorded, officers do not necessarily agree with the outcomes. Of the 3,842 offenders given a caution or penalty notice, 500 officers thought that the offender should have been charged with the crime or given a heavier punishment.

Similarly, of 3,246 reported offences deemed a “no-crime”, 20% of officers believe that the alleged offender should have been taken further through the justice process.

Although it is procedure to keep victims informed of developments and decisions within a case, 800 of the cases explored in this study did not record the victim being consulted or made aware of the progress of their allegation. This may give the victim false hope that their case is being investigated.

*An unrecorded crime is one which is not logged as an offence by the police.

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