– david hanson, shadow policing minister
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.
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".