Brits faking burglaries to scam insurance

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Brits desperate for cash are attempting to scam insurance firms by pretending they’ve been burgled, a senior police officer warned this week.

Chief Constable Julie Spence said a recent rise in the number of fraudulent burglary claims is one of the a�?twists of the economic recessiona�?.

Spence cited 10 cases in recent months in her north Cambridgeshire beat where fictitious burglaries have been reported.

a�?We are talking here where people have invented crimes with the aim of making false insurance claims,a�? she said.

She added that the rise a�?could be a side effect of the recession.a�?

a�?The recession will probably not cause law-abiding people to start stealing but it may persuade people to commit these kind of offences.a�?

As standard practice, insurance firms pay out for stolen goods once the crime has been reported to the police, and the claimant has been given a crime number.

Fraudulent claimants gamble on the fact that police will be too busy to visit the scene of the crime and investigate in person.

However, Spence warned: a�?We investigate every burglary. That is our policy

a�?We are moving back to attending scenes of crime.

a�?The problem is that it takes as long an investigation to prove that a crime didn’t happen as it does to prove that one did happen.a�?

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