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Fraud crackdown will be market-driven

The crackdown on fraud and crime will be measured in market terms, says home secretary

Britain’s top crime fighters have been warned that their efforts to crackdown on drug and people trafficking, and on fraud, will be measured in market terms.

Link: UK fraud reaches record levels

Home secretary Charles Clarke has released letters to the chairman-designate of the Serious Organised Crime Agency Sir Stephen Lander and chief constables, which say that market forces should be used to judge their effectiveness instead of a series of mandatory targets.

This will be ‘in the form of evidence of upward pressure on the price of criminal goods and services, or in a reduction in their UK availability or quality, or in robust evidence that criminal group, whatever their business, are finding the UK a less attractive market.’

Clarke also appealed to Socca and the police chiefs to move to confiscate crime bosses’ ‘profits and assets’ and prosecute the leading players.

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