Crime: Lancashire

Home Department written question – answered on 5th March 2007.

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Photo of Lindsay Hoyle Lindsay Hoyle Labour, Chorley

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases of credit card fraud were committed in Lancashire in each of the last 10 years.

Photo of Vernon Coaker Vernon Coaker The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

From April 1998 offences of credit card fraud were separately recorded. Prior to this date these offences were recorded within the 'other frauds' classification.

The available figures are given in the following tables.

Table A: Numbers of credit card fraud offences recorded for Lancashire police force area, 1998-99 to 2001-02
Offences recorded
1998-99 2,035
1999-2000 1,633
2000-01 3,233
2001-02 3,085
Note:

An expanded offence coverage and revised set of counting rules were introduced in April 1998. Figures recorded before and after this date are therefore not directly comparable.

Table B: Numbers of credit card fraud offences recorded for Lancashire police force area, 2002-03 to 2005-06
Offences recorded
2002-03 2,694
2003-04 3,319
2004-05 2,927
2005-06 1,882
Note:

Numbers of recorded crime were affected by changes in reporting and recording following the introduction of the National Crime Recording Standard (NCRS) in April 2002. These data are therefore not directly comparable with earlier years.

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