It is 'almost certain' that the police fiddle crime figures, the Chief Inspector of Constabulary, Tom Winsor, told the House of Commons Home Affairs yesterday.
Mr Winsor is the latest figure to question the accuracy of police crime data. According to The Daily Telegraph, he told MPs:
'The fact is in anything that gets measured, once those who are being measured, whose performance are being measured, work out how the system works, there’s an incentive, resisted by many, to manipulate the process as to make your own performance look good.'
And he added:
'It is almost certain that some manipulation going on. The question is where, how much, how severe.
Police accused of fiddling crime figures, again (December 12, 2013)
Shooting the messenger (November 22, 2013)
National statistician's review of crime statistics (April 12, 2011)