Policing Identity Crimes

Policing and Society: An International Journal of Research and Policy, 23 (4): 437-460, 2013

19 Pages Posted: 16 Jul 2014

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David S. Wall

University of Leeds, Centre for Criminal Justice Studies

Date Written: November 1, 2013

Abstract

Identity-related crimes pose a significant problem to both the UK economy and also its citizens because they cause estimated annual losses of around £1.5billion. Not only do identity crimes cause considerable public concern, but they also create challenges for policing them; not least, because policing responses, in the broader regulatory sense, are often over-reactive or take the form of dramatic Public Relations gestures rather than coherent policing policy. Yet, the realities of identity-related crimes are quite different from the ways that they are perceived and even more important is that fact that this difference presents many challenges for those whose job is to ‘police’ them. This article will look at what identity crimes are and at the very real problems they pose for policing them as non-routine policing activities. The article will, firstly, map out identity crimes and outline the behaviours that we understand as identity crimes and their core characteristics. It will then consider how the characteristics map onto traditional police practice and consider some of the ways that the challenges have been addressed.

Keywords: Identity Crime, Identity Theft, Identity Fraud, Policing Cybercrime, Policing Cybercrimes, Social Network Crime

JEL Classification: K14, K19, K40

Suggested Citation

Wall, David S., Policing Identity Crimes (November 1, 2013). Policing and Society: An International Journal of Research and Policy, 23 (4): 437-460, 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2466705

David S. Wall (Contact Author)

University of Leeds, Centre for Criminal Justice Studies ( email )

School of Law, Liberty Building
University of Leeds
Leeds, West Yorkshire LS2 9JT
United Kingdom
+44 113 343 9575 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.law.leeds.ac.uk/people/staff/wall/

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