Police have issued a stark warning to people reporting false crimes that they will face prosecution if it is discovered they are wasting police time.Hurrah!
But don’t get excited. Turns out they are merely worried about false insurance claims where a little extra verisimilitude is needed by the claimant, and what better ‘proof’ than a crime number?
Detective Inspector Brian Hobbs of Croydon robbery department said some people make false reports to claim on insurance, and others are often young people who have accidentally lost their phone.
He said: "We take every report very seriously and huge resources go into investigating robberies, burglaries and gun crime. Making false allegations wastes time, money and distorts the crime statistics, creating a false climate of fear.
"Be warned if you make false allegations you will go from being a victim of crime to a suspect of one."Unless it’s a certain type of crime. Still, at least he didn't say that this made it harder for real victims to claim on their insurance…