Screened Out Crimes

MQT on 2014-03-19
Session date: 
March 19, 2014
Question By: 
Joanne McCartney
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Please provide a breakdown of numbers of crimes and crime types that were screened out by month and by crime type in London from April 2013 to Dec 2013.

Please use the crime type definitions given by the crime reporting information system (CRIS).


Answer for Screened Out Crimes

Answer for Screened Out Crimes

Answered By: 
The Mayor

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 attached table in Appendix 3 shows the number of crimes not referred to secondary investigation by the MPS between April 2013 to December 2013 summarised by month and crime type.