Police fail to investigate HALF of reported crimes as forces across UK admit 'screening out' muggings and bike theftsApril 24, 2019
POLICE are failing to investigate half of reported crimes as forces across the country admit "screening out" incidents like muggings and bike thefts.
Thousands of cases are dropped – some within 24 hours – if an arrest is unlikely, according to new figures.
Police screen out more than 56 per cent of alleged offences within 24 hours, but with crimes such as bike thefts and muggings the rate can reach as high as 80 per cent.
Bosses claimed that funding cuts meant they had to shelve many non-violent crimes, according to the Daily Mail.
The number of cops in England and Wales is now at a 36-year-low – despite a rising tide of violent crime.
Wiltshire Police screen out more than 56 per cent of alleged offences within 24 hours, while Bedfordshire Police shelved 43 per cent.
BUDGET CUTS TO BLAME
In Cleveland it was 39.9 per cent and for Hampshire it was 34.6 per cent.
According to the Metropolitan Police, 37,960 crimes were screened out from a total of 115,747 since 2017.
GMP, the third largest force in the country, has lost around 2,000 frontline officers since the government's austerity drive was introduced in 2010.
GMP Chief constable Ian Hopkins has now openly revealed that a staggering 60 per cent of crimes reported to them cannot be fully investigated due to ongoing funding pressures.
Number of screened out crimes by area
Greater Manchester Police: 43 per cent
Wiltshire Police:56 per cent
Bedfordshire Police: 43 per cent
The Metropolitan Police Service; 32.8 per cent
Cleveland Police: 39.9 per cent
Hampsire Police: 34.6 per cent
Devon and Cornwall Police: 8 per cent
NorthWales Police: 3 per cent
'NOT ENOUGH OFFICERS'
Around 600 offences a day, including thefts from vehicles, cannot be investigated because "we don't have enough officers", he said.
"If your life is in danger, you've been seriously hurt, we will still turn up," he told BBC Radio Manchester.
"If there's an immediate threat we will be there and we will be there in numbers.
"If your shed's been broken into, your bike's stolen, your vehicle's broken into and there's no witnesses, there's no CCTV and there's no opportunity for forensics, we'll be screening that out really quickly.
"Your likelihood of a police officer turning up to deal with that is almost non-existent and that's where the public have really started to feel it. That bit worries me."
NUMBERS FALLING FAST
Greater Manchester Police are not the only force to feel the effects of a huge loss in funding.
Police numbers across England and Wales fell dramatically by over 20,000 between March 2010 and March 2018 to 122,000 – the lowest recorded number since the early 1980s.
Meanwhile violent crime has soared by 19 per cent in England and Wales over 2018, Home Office figures show.
The number of homicides – which includes manslaughter and murder – increased by 14 per cent, while overall crimes recorded by police went up by 7 per cent with a total of 5,723,182 offences recorded.
If your shed's been broken into, your bike's stolen, your vehicle's broken into and there's no witnesses, there's no CCTV and there's no opportunity for forensics, we'll be screening that out really quickly
Stabbings have also rocketed in Lawless Britain, with the number of fatal knife homicides reaching 135 in 2018.
Theresa May's government continue to deny a link between falling police numbers and steady rise in crime.
Last month the PM insisted there was “no direct correlation between certain crimes and police numbers”.
But even increases in council tax, such as that announced in Manchester in February which will pay for an extra 320 GMP police officers, will fail to bump up the forces to the numbers it needs.
The new additions will take the force's strength to about 6,570, compared with 8,219 in 2010.
"The stark reality is that due to years of central government cuts the police simply cannot investigate every crime and have to take difficult decisions about where best to focus their time and resources," said Greater Manchester Deputy Mayor Bev Hughes, whose portfolio includes policing.
"They – and I – wish this were not necessary but unfortunately it is."
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