Friday, March 25, 2016

The Crimes they are a Changing

We all know that there are “lies, damn lies and statistics”. So when we are continually told that crime rates are falling we sometimes get a bit sceptical, simply because our perception says otherwise. So, it was quite refreshing for the Deputy Mayor for Policing & Crime, Stephen Greenhalgh, (on the way out the door admittedly) to admit that crime is actually rising rapidly; it’s just different types of crime.

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!

1 comment:

  1. Of course fraud is on the increase and will continue to rise until it is realised that the "holes" in security are not people being careless with their credit card details (in the main), but the banks and other institutions failing to carry out checks adequately.

    Not only that, but when they become aware of fraud, the banks seem reluctant to pass on records of the fraudulent caller's location and phone numbers to the police. The victims get refunded and the banks pass on the costs to the rest of their paying customer base.