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Police accused of giving crooks 'green light' after leaving a third of crimes uninvestigated 


Added 09-16-19 04:36:02am EST - “Hundreds of thousands of crimes are being written off by police within only 24 hours of being reported. These include more than half of thefts and burglaries, a Daily Mail investigation reveals today.” - Dailymail.co.uk

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Dailymail.co.uk: “Police accused of giving crooks 'green light' after ignoring cases”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Hundreds of thousands of crimes are being written off by police within only 24 hours of being reported.

These include more than half of thefts and burglaries, a Daily Mail investigation reveals today. In Greater Manchester, 27 per cent of crimes are screened out this quickly, as are 28 per cent in Sussex.

Almost a third of all newly reported crimes are being shelved within 24 hours and left uninvestigated

The practice has become increasingly widespread as overstretched forces struggle to prioritise their resources. Crimes are more likely to be dropped if they are judged as 'lower harm' or evidence is scant. Some constabularies will abandon a case immediately or conduct only a cursory 'desktop investigation'.

She added: 'How serious does having your house burgled, or being mugged on a stolen bike have to be before it crosses the threshold for investigation? It's a lamentable state of affairs. Quite simply victims are being ignored despite the latest tirade of trigger-happy, rhetoric-fuelled politicians who talk about unleashing a war of terror on crime.'

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