Police may record fewer crimes due to target pressures

One statistician at the Office for National Statistics (ONS) suggested that the bigger decreases in crimes recorded by police may be due to pressures to meet targets.

He said there was a "culture and informal pressure of having targets and expectations" in police forces.

Another possibility for the discrepancy was that more low-level crimes were being dealt with informally and outside the formal crime recording system.

Mr Flatley also suggested it was also "possible" that reductions in police budgets and officers meant fewer offences were being recorded.

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Police 'overstate' fall in crime

An ONS review of the Crime Survey for England and Wales and crimes recorded by the police showed that while both report a fall in offences, police records appear to "overstate the true rate in which crime has been falling".