Police fail to record one in five of all crimes reported to them, says report. More than 800,000 – or one in five – of all crimes reported to the police each year are not being recorded by officers, a report suggests.
An unrecorded crime is classed as one that is reported to the police but not recorded as an offence. It means an investigation into the alleged crime is unlikely to happen.
The audit reviewed reports of crime between November 2012 and October 2013 across all 43 forces in England and Wales. It found that 11% of Burgalries and 14% of Criminal Damage offences (amongst others) went unrecorded.
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