The Paris police engaged in a decade-long underrecording of crime incidents to make the French capital appear safer than it was, a government-ordered report claims.
According to The Daily Telegraph 16,000 suspected crime incidents were wiped from police records in 2011 and 13,000 in 2012. The claims follow a report last year that found that almost 130,000 crime incidents had 'disappeared' nationally in France between 2007 and 2012.
In January the UK Statistics Authority removed the the National Statistics designation from police recorded crime data in England and Wales after a report concluded that that 'there is accumulating evidence that suggests the underlying data on crimes recorded by the police may not be reliable'.
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