Today's report from the House of Commons Public Administration Select Committee highlights that police fiddling of crime figures has reached such a height that it recommends all targets should be abolished. In response, Peter Cuthbertson from the Centre for Crime Prevention told the Daily Mail:
"It’s encouraging that this issue is being investigated by Parliament but the findings are damning.
"There should really be only one way the police make crime figures look better: by catching more criminals and bringing them to justice. Anything else is fiddling the figures."
The consequences of the figures being fiddled are very serious. Under-recording of crime reinforces complacency by the authorities, which leads to punishments being far too lax. It also encourages police to hand out cautions to serious offenders just to meet their targets quickly and easily. All this undermines public confidence and ultimately puts more people at risk of crime.