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One in five crimes 'may go unrecorded'

Police may be failing to record as many as one in five crimes, a report by the police watchdog has said. Home Secretary Theresa May said the findings showed 'unacceptable failings' by officers.

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'Serious' consequences of not recording crime

The consequences of police officers not properly recording crimes are "serious", the head of the police watchdog has said.

The Chief Inspector of Constabulary, Tom Winsor, was speaking after a report claimed officers may be failing to record as many as a fifth of crimes.

The consequences of under-recording of crime are serious, and may mean victims and the community are failed because crimes are not investigated, the levels of crime will be wrongly under-stated, and police chiefs will lack the information they need to make sound decisions on the deployment of their resources.

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