Police are choosing not to fully investigate hundreds of thousands of crimes, including street attacks, burglaries and fraud.
Huge numbers of cases are deemed unsolvable hours after an allegation is made, in a process known as ‘screening out’.
According to figures released yesterday, almost half of all crimes are not probed by the Met, Britain’s biggest police force.
Recent research revealed as many as one in three crimes reported to other forces across the rest of England and Wales were not investigated.
Campaigners said the practice was creating a ‘postcode lottery’ for victims as police effectively turn a blind eye to some offences. Senior officers were under pressure to focus resources on crimes that were a priority for them and not victims.
New statistics revealed that 45 per cent of crimes, including a quarter of robberies, two out of five burglaries and three quarters of car thefts were not investigated in London last year.
Furthermore, 40 per cent of individual fraud cases, almost two thirds of criminal damage allegations and four out of every five cycle thefts were screened out.
In total, 346,397 were screened out at an early stage with 424,091 crimes being subjected to further investigation.
Roger Evans, a Tory member of the London Assembly, branded the statistics a disgrace and said victims should have the right to make police investigate.
He said: ‘Resources are tight, but crimes such as burglary are in no way minor.
‘They can have a devastating impact on the confidence and well-being of the victim.
‘Many criminals’ illegal activities escalate each time they get away with it, so we are sending out a very dangerous message.
‘If you are a thief in London, you can rest assured that over three quarters of your crimes reported by victims will be ignored by police.
‘We need a dramatic shift in the way police see these crimes – they may not be exciting enough to investigate but they are serious.’
The figures will make difficult reading for Met Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, who signalled that he would phase out the practice when he came into office in 2011.
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