Crime expert believes recorded crimes are only an indication of criminality in our country

Prof Colin Rogers, Police

Professor Colin Rogers of the International Centre for Policing and Security was interviewed by BBC Hereford and Worcester’s drive time programme yesterday on the release of crime figures in England and Wales. 

Professor Rogers was asked about the way crime figures were produced nationally and their reliability. He said recorded crimes were only an indication of criminality in our country and that many people do not report crime for a variety of reasons. 

Recorded crimes are only an indication of criminality in our country

A discussion took place regarding local variability in crime rates and in particular why such offences as sexual offences had increased nationally. 

Professor Rogers said: "Whilst nationally there has been a fall in recorded crime, in Wales there had been 3% increase in all recorded crimes, with the biggest increase in violence, anti-social behaviour and sexual offences. 

He went on to say: "There has been a change in the last 12 months in police procedures regarding the recording of violent crime and anti-social behaviour which means that all reported instances are now recorded. What's more, reported sexual offences are higher due to heightened awareness through the media and the willingness of victims to now report many historical instances of sexual abuse."

Professor Colin Rogers is a former police Inspector with South Wales Police. He is Head of the International Centre for Policing and Security at USW, and teaches on Policing and Security courses

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