Marian Fitzgerald, Visiting Professor of Criminology, University of Kent, that the 'too good to be true' fall in the Crime Survey for England and Wales requires serious consideration of its possible limitations.
Public Administration Committee
Marian Fitzgerald, Visiting Professor of Criminology, University of Kent, argues that the official crime statistics fail to account for recent massive increases in cybercrime.
Professor Tim Hope argues that the most surprising thing about recent revelations that the police fiddle crime figures is that it should have come as any surprise at all.
A new report from the House of Commons Public Administration Committee claims that there is strong evidence that the police are under-recording crimes, with numerical targets giving officers a perverse incentive to mis-record offences.
In the latest hearing before the House of Commons Public Administration Committee Professor Mike Hough of Birkbeck, University of London and a member of the Crime Statistics Advisory Board (CSAB) said that some of the falls in police recorded crime levels was down to police misrecording crime data. According to The Daily Telegraph Professor Hough said:
PC James Patrick, who last week gave evidence to the House of Commons Public Administration Committee on the 'fiddling' of crime figures, faces a disciplinary hearing next week, The Times reports (subscription required).
MPs were yesterday given the low down on what nodding, cuffing, skewing and stitching is in the manipulation of police crime stats. They were told how crime figures have been routinely re categorised, downgraded or even ignored in order to meet performance targets.
These manipulations have gone as far as police discouraging victims of rape from formally reporting incidents.