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"The public deserve better and we are asking for the resources we need, to provide the service they deserve.
Until that happens, we can expect to see more gloomy figures like these." On average one in 12 adults is a victim of fraud and one in 22 is a victim of cyber fraud, the figures show.
We have also introduced new solutions that make it easier to report fraud offences through Action Fraud." Steve White, chairman of The Police Federation of England and Wales, warned "total crime" will continue to increase without "long-term commitment to sustainable police budgets".
He said: "Recorded crime has risen by 5 per cent; violence against the person is up by a quarter; sexual offences are up 41 per cent and fraud is up 9 per cent.
It was driven by a 25 per cent rise in violent crime, or an extra 163,398 offences, including a 16 per cent increase in the most serious ones which actually involved an injury.
Sex crimes, too, saw another big surge in recorded data, up 41 per cent to 95,482.
There were 4.3 million offences recorded in England and Wales, a 5 per cent increase overall.People, communities and property across the country are safer as a result.Crime is falling and it is also changing – and we are committed to tackling fraud and cyber crime.This directly reflects the efforts being made by forces to improve consistency in crime recording.
"Victims now have increased confidence in reporting sexual offences.
Alistair Carmichael, the Liberal Democrat home affairs spokesman, said: "It is remarkable that at a time when cybercrime is soaring and fraudsters are finding ever more inventive ways to get access to our personal details, our prime minister and his home secretary as seriously considering weakening encryption that allows our banks to keep our information secure." Meanwhile, separate research by Victim Support has indicated that one in three fraud victims is at least 65 years old.