Recording Fraud

Meeting: 
Plenary on 2014-12-09
Session date: 
December 9, 2014
Reference: 
2014/4994
Question By: 
Joanne McCartney
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
the Mayor and Police Commissioner

Question

According to the MPS Crime data tables, in February 2013 the number of Fraud and Forgeries reported in London decreased dramatically. Was there a change to how the MPS now records Fraud and Forgery? Please give a detailed explanation as to the reason for this change.

Answer

Answer for Recording Fraud

Answer for Recording Fraud

Answered By: 
the Mayor and Police Commissioner

Since February 2013, all cases of fraud have been recorded centrally by Action Fraud, the national fraud reporting service which now sits within City of London Police. The recording of forgery offences remains with the MPS. The recent separation is the reason why the figures have fallen.

The Action Fraud remit and specific crimes can be found from the following links

http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/about-us/who-we-are

http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/homeoffice-fraud-counting-rules

Part of the Action Fraud process is to amalgamate crimes in accordance with identified suspects or viable lines of enquiry, and these now come to the MPS as one package containing multiple allegations. These are recorded on one crime report for case management purposes. Therefore one crime report could contain an allegation of tens or hundreds of crimes.