Since the mid-1990s levels of measured crime in England and Wales have been falling. Many criminologists anticipated that the recession would reverse this trend, but that has not come to pass. However, in recent years, some examples of ‘new’ criminal activity such as cyber-crime, illicit trading and various kinds of fraud have been identified.
The Forum considered the following questions:
- Has crime really fallen or has it migrated?
- What are the challenges for the police in terms of detecting and investigating ‘new’ crimes?
- What role should Police and Crime Commissioners, the public and other organisations play in crime reduction?
- What still needs to be learnt about crime measurement and the nature and prevalence of ‘new’ crime?