Police 'massage' crime stats

An influential committee of MPs has been told that police officers are routinely massaging crime statistics to improve performance figures.

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Burglary an area 'where crimes are downgraded'

After raising his concerns with the Met Police, PC James Patrick was moved into a specialist role at territorial policing HQ looking at the measurement of crime levels. He found disparities between numbers of burglary reports and those finally recorded:

Burglary is an area where crimes are downgraded or moved into other brackets, such as criminal damage for attempted burglaries, or other types of thefts.

– PC James Patrick

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