Criminal Defence Solicitors Announce 47% Increase in Fraud and Computer Misuse Crimes in 2022
Fraud and Computer Misuse is up 47% according to Criminal Defence Solicitors in 2022
Patterns relating to crime in 2021 were impacted by the COVID 19 pandemic, along with the national lock downs in place throughout the United Kingdom. There was variation in the level of restrictions in place, creating a challenge in identifying how the restrictions related to current crimes.
The majority of crime statistics dropped during the pandemic across the country with some offense types exceeding their levels in recent months. Fraud and computer misuse were the most common criminal charges at the end of 2021, which showed a lock down related pattern of victimisation, while other crimes took a drop in percentages, when compared to before the coronavirus pandemic.
By the end of 2021 there was a fourteen percent increase in crime in the United Kingdom with a staggering 47% increase in fraud and computer misuse crime and an eighteen percent increase in theft offences. Violent crimes also took a knock, dropping by twenty seven percent. Police recorded crime data showed a lower volume of crimes with higher harm. Homicides remained the same with a five percent increase, while there was a nine percent decrease in police recorded offences for the use of firearms.
A ten percent decrease in crimes using knives and sharp instruments was noted. Sexual offences reached the highest level within a twelve month period with more than one hundred and seventy thousand sexual offences over a one year period, which was a twelve percent increase. Rape accounted for thirty seven percent of these cases, the highest ever recorded number of rape cases in a single year.
Sanjay Panesar, the Senior Partner at Rainer Hughes, said “We have seen a staggering increase in the number of cyber crimes and fraud during the coronavirus in the United Kingdom. People were sitting at home with nothing to do all day and they were on the internet for longer at a time. We are seeing a rise in demand for our legal expertise in internet and fraud cases this year with more people coming to us for our assistance.”
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