20 percent of crimes in England and Wales may not be recorded by police according to an investigation, with Home Secretary, Theresa May saying it uncovered “unacceptable failings.” Sexual offences and violent crimes were amongst those not recorded.
The report was conducted by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC). This is the most comprehensive survey ever carried out on 43 police forces in England and Wales. So far 13 have been reviewed, with the HMIC finding that out of the 3,102 cases, 523 had not been recorded, including 14 alleged rapes.
This could mean that one in five crimes in England and Wales are not being recorded. An unrecorded crime is defined as being one that is reported to the police, but is not subsequently recorded as an offence.