The Missing Crime – Online Fraud

Parliament’s Home Affairs Committee has been trying to make sense of the UK’s crime statistics. It’s tricky because there is a survey source and a police source. And the latter distinguishes between reported crimes and those the police actually record.

The categories of recorded crime could have come straight from a Dixon of Dock Green script. The statistics have almost no concern for what has become one of the most serious crimes of all – online fraud.

“Only a tiny proportion of online fraud cases are ever investigated, and the police response to this form of crime is in desperate need of a fundamental restructure, with investigations undertaken at a national and regional level and local forces focusing on victim support.”

There would seem to have been no online fraud in Witney last year.