This blog along with many more authoritative sources has long been sceptical of so called crime statistics. The use of tick box mentality of recording has long been questioned. To the despair of many that methodology is so widespread it is endemic among both government and non governmental organisations; the Sentencing Guidelines produced for magistrates and judges are a perfect example. This "bible" of sentencing attempts to categorise sentences by a combination of harm to the supposed victim and culpability of offender. And now a "crime harm index" is to be deployed by police to classify the significance of different offences taking into account the number of offenders jailed for the crime including violence, knife and gun crime and the average sentences imposed. Considering that about 95% of all crime that comes to a court begins and ends in magistrates` courts with six months custody maximum it is likely that effects of inevitable prioritisation by police will be based on crown court statistics of the...
Fraudsters are taking advantage of a rise in popularity of currency exchange online trading schemes with bogus claims of get-rich-quick schemes.
Foreign exchange – or forex for short – trading is a much more simplified version of stock market investments. Punters will use a website or app stake a ‘call’ or ‘put’ on the price of a currency or market, gambling on whether it will rise or fall. These apps have proved very popular due to the simplicity of the betting, known as binary options trading, and the promise of a quick return or loss on their stake.
Binary options trading is legal, but scammers are using the rise in popularity to promise huge returns with fake success stories. They have been setting up fake
In reality, this is an advance fee fraud. Victims have been told to send money ahead with a promise of huge returns with a cut of the profit, only to be blocked or ignored by the scammer after transferring money.
In some cases victims lose out twice, as they’re told their trading...
The saga of the sadomasochist who is under a police notice to tell them 24 hours in advance of his proposed sexual activity continues from the first mention here on January 25th. A follow up was posted on June 9th. Whatever the legal niceties where the angels on the pinhead have been well and truly counted the current state of affairs in this matter appears to be a blight on any meaning of the term "justice". The District Judge ruled that the terms of the ban imposing a 24 hour notice period were disproportionate but that nevertheless the order will not be reviewed until a further hearing on September 22nd. This individual might not be the man that the father of the bride might wish for a son in law but he was found not guilty at a trial for rape. Even so police branded him as "a very dangerous individual". In my naivety I did not think that such actions could take place in this country. After all this is not Turkey of "Midnight Express" or Russia under a repressive regime or Czechoslovakia during the time of Franz Kafka. This is England in 2016. What have we become? Where are we going?
I can’t begin to speak for the County Forces, I have absolutely no idea what their rules are or were. However, back in 1972 when I joined the Met I had no say in it, I simply HAD to live within a 25 mile radius of Central London. I can’t remember now whether it was Hyde Park Corner or Charing Cross, but there isn’t much difference.
It didn’t end there either. Once my family and I had found a house we would like to live in I had to submit a report to the Senior Management to obtain permission to live there. Partly to ensure that my choice of abode was within the dreaded circle, but also in order that the neighbours could be vetted, to ensure that I would not be living next to a drug dealer, murderer or bank robber etc. I understand why, I understand completely, but it completely rode roughshod over the rights and wishes of my wife and family.
Over the years the rules were relaxed and eventually officers were moving out of London for the more affordable accommdation available just a...
On June 10th I first posted on a certain Maxine de Brunner. It was July 19th when I last posted on her antics. At that time she was referred to as Deputy Assistant Commissioner Maxine de Brunner; not any more. This person has a history of being a disgrace to that most senior uniform she wore to serve her own vanity and aggrandisement. Recently after her arrogance finally provoked action from the Met. Commissioner she has been allowed to retire, presumably on her maximum taxpayer funded pension, without any official internal action against her despite recent government guidelines to the contrary. It appears that there is now a slight change in wording of the regulations from allowing a twelve month window after retirement when charges could be brought to let that period be extended “in exceptional circumstances”. It seems that her boss has once again protected one of his "own" in preference to acting for the public good.
Actions of misconduct to a lesser or usually greater degree of senior cops...
Age UK Lancashire’s Community Engagement Manager, Anne Oliver, writes about the impact of scams against the elderly in the local community and what the charity has been doing to support the launch of Crimestoppers and Post Office’s campaign to tackle the issue last month.
During August, Age UK Lancashire is working with the Post Office and Crimestoppers to promote awareness of the different postal and online scams that are currently being perpetrated in the UK (find out more about the campaign).
Last month, Age UK Lancashire’s Community Engagement and Promotions Managers joined staff from the Post Office, Crimestoppers, Think Jessica, Trading Standards and Lancashire Police at the official campaign launch at Chorley Post Office.
The event was promoted in the media and was attended by local radio stations Rock FM and 2BR, while BBC Radio Lancashire transmitted an interview with me.
Since the launch, we’ve supported the campaign by displaying posters in our offices, posting stories on social media of how people have been...
Email accounts often contain a lot of personal information, making them a valuable target for hackers and cyber criminals. Make sure yours is protected.
While email can be a convenient way to communicate between friends, family and work, it can be a nightmare if you get hacked. Not only is it a hassle, but you can also fall victim to fraud.
The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau’s (NFIB) Proactive Intelligence Team recently spoke to a convicted hacker who said: “You’ll be surprised what information people send on email. I’ve got hold of people’s bank account numbers because they have sent them on Hotmail. When I’m in someone’s email account I search for things such as invoices, PayPal receipts, online shopping and anything financial. Once I’ve got these, I’ll try and log in!”
It is easy to see why hackers like having access to your email accounts, which is why it is important you take some steps to protect yourself.
Consider using different emails for different purposes
It is gratifying to note that amongst the hysteria of gold medals at the Olympic circus damning observations of courts` efficiencies or lack of them are becoming increasingly frequent. This will cause a certain discomfort where it is overdue. It has taken some years for the inevitable daily problems in our courtrooms of which every court practitioner is only too well aware to become the stuff of media comment. The Public Accounts Committee of the House of Commons report in May highlighted the continuing breakdown in the courts` system. Since the...
This week the City of London Police, Action Fraud and Get Safe Online will be talking to people throughout the City about cyber crime and offering advice on how they can protect themselves from online fraudsters after the release of the Crime Survey for England and Wales which has shown that 2 million people are believed to have been victims of cyber crime in England and Wales.
On Thursday 18 August, from 10.30am to 5pm, the City of London Police in partnership with Get Safe Online will host a cyber awareness event at Bishop’s Square, Spitalfields. There will be the opportunity to try out a Formula 1 racing car simulator and learn about the cutting edge technology used by Formula 1 teams to protect their cars and systems. People will also have the chance to be quizzed about their fraud and cyber knowledge using a fraud defence test designed by the City of London Police.
I hope, like me, you are excited to watch the Olympic games. I’m less keen on all the pomp and ceremony but I’m gripped by the personal stories of success against all the odds, the huge personal endeavour and the success shared by proud families, communities and countries. When years of hard work evaporates in a fall or is just not quite good enough for the podium this time, I really feel that disappointment. Thankfully policing is not quite so ‘all-or-nothing’ but it does require perseverance, belief and optimism. The rewards when we make a difference to someone’s life can be a bit like winning ‘gold’. Having seen recent recommendations for Chief Constable’s Commendations and Good Citizen Awards I know there is no shortage of ‘medals’ material here but I do know our staff are struggling to find the time for a cuppa.
Deputy Chief Constable Louisa Rolfe
Right now it is tough. We are in the midst of our busiest time of the year, we are accelerating...