THE police force that covers Burton has joined a national scheme aimed at helping to tackle the growing problem of fraud.
Staffordshire Police have signed up to Action Fraud - the UK’s national fraud reporting centre which acts as a central point of contact for all information about fraud and financially-motivated internet crime.
Detective Superintendent Wayne Jones, from Staffordshire Police, said: “Fraud is believed by many to be a victimless crime – which it is not.
“Victims are often vulnerable people who are targeted by highly organised criminal groups and are left devastated when they part with their hard-earned money.
“The overall extent of fraud is only beginning to emerge as Action Fraud collates all reports at a national level so that a true picture can be seen.
“Staffordshire Police will deal with these matters thoroughly and robustly to ensure that the message is heard that fraud in whatever form will not be tolerated.”
Nationally, the National Fraud Authority estimates the loss to the UK economy from fraud is £73 billion.
From now, instead of officers in Burton taking crime reports of fraud themselves, they will redirect victims to Action Fraud where staff will take details over the phone or online.
Where a crime has taken place, it will be recorded and the victim given a national crime reference number.
Every day, details of all recorded crimes will be transferred to the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau, run by City of London Police.
There, all crimes and information reports will be collated and analysed to assess if there are any ‘feasible’ lines of enquiry for follow up.
Where there is, these will be sent to the relevant police force for further investigation.
Action Fraud is currently being rolled out across the country and all forces will sign up to it by March 2013. Derbyshire Police signed up to the scheme in 2012.