Screening out Crime

MQT on 2013-05-22
Session date: 
May 22, 2013
Question By: 
Joanne McCartney
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


How many and what percentage of crimes were 'screened out' by the Met in 2008/9, 2009/10, 2010/11, 2011/12 and 2012/13? Please breakdown this information by crime type.


Answer for Screening out Crime

Answer for Screening out Crime

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

Written response from the Mayor received 7 August 2013

All crime is subject to a primary investigation. Crime Screening is a long-standing national process that enables police forces to ensure that resources are efficiently and effectively deployed for the investigation of crime. The screening policy is not driven by resources but by the availability of usable evidence of a crime. Where good leads and available forensic evidence is at hand the investigation moves from the initial stage to a secondary investigation so suspects can be identified and charged.

The decision to refer a crime to secondary investigation is now taken centrally by the Crime Recording and Investigation Bureau (CRIB). Although boroughs retain small Case Management Units to ensure crimes are allocated to the correct teams and to carry out administrative functions.

The table below shows the number of crimes not referred to secondary investigation by the MPS in financial years 2008/09 to 2012/13, broken down by crime type.

These figures fluctuate as crimes which are not referred to secondary investigation in the first instance can be revisited at a later stage as new evidence becomes available, for example when new recorded instances of crime provide fresh lines of enquiry for older unsolved crimes.