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Screening out Crime

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 11th March 2020.

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Photo of Caroline Pidgeon Caroline Pidgeon Liberal Democrat

How many crimes were screened out without further investigation within 24 hours of being reported in 2019, broken down per month and per crime type?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

Please see attached the requested data for the period specified. It should be noted that the total number of crimes screened out represents only 14% of the total crimes reported to the MPS during 2019. It should also be noted that no offences of homicide or rape were screened out by the MPS during this period.

Crimes are ‘screened out’ where there is no evidence at that time to take the investigation further. Should further evidence be received at any time, the crime will be screened back in for investigation.

Before the crime is screened out, a local crime manager will review the initial investigation carried out by the reporting officer. The crime will only be screened out where the local crime manager has confirmed that there are no further lines of enquiry that can be actively pursued at the time.