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Government Outlines Plans for New National Crime Agency (2 February 2012)

Date: 02/02/2012
Duncan Lewis, Legal News Solicitors, Government Outlines Plans for New National Crime Agency

A child is at a greater risk of harm whilst using their computer than they are waiting outside of their school’s gates, the Home Secretary has warned. Theresa May has told of the “serious problem” cyber-crime creates, a crime which has caused a greater number of losses than those resulting from burglars entering into the home. She has maintained that the newly formed National Crime Agency (NCA) will help to solve this and would ensure that people felt safer.

Mrs. May has also outlined proposals to provide communities with greater powers to prevent anti-social behaviour to end the plights of victims who make repeated complaints to their local authorities yet remain ignored. Her plans follow claims from the HM Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) that only a small number of anti-social behaviour cases were recorded and that the identification of victims at the initial point of contact was “poor”.

Mrs May said that organised crime was not only growing but changing in nature, adding that the greatest criminal losses derive from cyber-criminals who raid financial accounts directly. Mrs May believes that the changing face of crime has meant that it is no longer possible to ensure that communities were safe through the means of sufficient local policing alone. She went on to state that the National Crime Agency would work across a range of agencies and police forces and agencies to help to tackle crime.

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