What he said was that “traditional” crime rates are falling (which they are, at least reported crime) and went on to say that fraud, which is not included in the headline figures (or the MOPAC 7), is hitting the roof. It seems that the crims are shifting their attention to cyber crime so it is ever more important to be on your guard on this here internet.
A few days after our meeting with Stephen the government published a report entitled Modern Crime Prevention Strategy March 2016, click for PDF. The opening paragraph of the foreward by the Home Secretary, Theresa May, reads:
Crime is down but it is changing. Last year, there were 6.6 million crimes committed in England and Wales, according to the Office for National Statistics’ independent Crime Survey. That compares with 19 million in 1995 – a reduction of more than 60%. What we might call ‘traditional’ crimes like burglary, vehicle theft and street violence have more than halved. But in recent years, more and more victims have found the courage to come forward and report crimes that many previously suffered in silence, such as rape, domestic abuse and the sexual exploitation of children. We are also developing better measures of the scale of online fraud and cyber crime, offences we have long known are significantly under-reported.A round up of the news:
Action Fraud reveals that it receives 8,000 reports of phishing scams every month
55% rise in online ticket fraud last year
Reports to Action Fraud lead to 8 arrests over £500k ticket scam
Alert: Fraudsters are recording phone calls and gaining access to victim bank accounts
Students: Don’t fall victim to job fraud this Easter
How to trust a website with your credit card details when buying online
And here’s a new one - Brick Theft, yes they are nicking garden walls, really!