Can we rely on the crime statistics?

The reports that the police produce for the public have changed little since I was on the Cambridgeshire Police Authority in 2008. Criminals have got smarter and moved into new areas.

There is little to no mention of cyber crime. Attacks on personal data, identity theft, raids on bank accounts and child pornography are often only mentioned in passing. Detailed statistics are hard to come by.

Nor does scamming of the elderly in their homes on the telephone focus highly in crime reports. Yet this is on the increase and is very distressing for the individuals who feel isolated.

Most police public meetings have lots of data on car crime, burglary and assault which is great. But if these more obvious crimes are only  used as a benchmark to resource the police or to declare crime is falling then that is a mistake.

We need a different approach to monitoring crime and more importantly harm.



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