Screened Out Crime (1)

MQT on 2014-11-19
Session date: 
November 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 Oct 12 to March 13. Please use the crime type definitions given by the crime reporting information system (CRIS). Please provide this information in excel format.


Answer for Screened Out Crime (1)

Answer for Screened Out Crime (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Please see the attached table in Appendix 6 - 4482.


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 the boroughs retain small Case Management Units to ensure crimes are allocated to the correct teams and to carry out administrative functions.