Reporting discrepancy may be due to retail crime

The shadow policing minister David Hanson has suggested the discrepancy between police-recorded crimes and the Crime Survey for England and Wales may be down to crimes in the retail sector:

There are warning signs for the police and Home Office, with the increase in theft. And earlier this week the British Retail Consortium's Survey showed an increase of over 15% in the cost of retail crime alongside a drop in the proportion of crime reported by retailers to the police from 48% to 16%.

This is perhaps why the Office for National Statistics has begun to express concern that apparent reductions in police recorded crime may be exaggerated.

– david hanson, shadow policing minister

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