The Home Secretary has hit out at the police after a series of inspections showed officers may be failing to report as many as one in five crimes.
Theresa May said the inspection from Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary showed "unacceptable failings by the police".
She warned that the police could now start recording more offences, leading to a spike in headline crime statistics, but she insisted this did not mean crime was going up.
"It is quite possible, once HMIC has completed its work on recorded crime statistics and made recommendations on how the police need to improve, that we will see an increase in recorded crime," she said in a statement.
"If that increase is driven by improved accuracy in the recording of crime or more victims reporting crime to the police, we should welcome it. Such an increase would not mean that crime itself is rising," she added.
More top news
A former soldier who allegedly tried to travel to Syria three times to join ISIS has been found guilty of firearm offences.
A seven-year-old boy who applied to become the manager of a Scottish Premiership club has sadly been told he has missed out on the top job.
A man who owns and works in an antique store was shocked to find out he wasn't the only person in the building late at night.