Magazine article Public Finance

Clarke Sets Up Crime Figure Review Panel

Magazine article Public Finance

Clarke Sets Up Crime Figure Review Panel

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Home Secretary Charles Clarke has launched an overhaul of the way crime statistics are compiled, following concerns that the current system is confusing.

Clarke announced a cross-party review panel on crime statistics on January 26. He admitted that existing reporting methods, which involve several sets of complex, often conflicting information about crime and the fear of crime, have lost credibility.

'I have been concerned for some time that Home Office crime statistics have been questioned and challenged,' Clarke said. 'This has got to the point that most people seem confused about what is happening.'

Among the data on crime available to the public, the British Crime Survey, which is published quarterly by the Home Office, often conflicts with the results of police recorded crime figures.

The publication last year of 'spidergrams' to measure police force performances have added to problems in interpreting figures. …

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