The report covering 2016 shows that drug offences, assault and criminal damage were among the most common crimes, with the total number of reported crimes falling by 138 against 2015 to 1,389, continuing a trend. Fewer crimes were recorded during the year than in 2015 and detection rates remained largely on a par with the previous year at 48%. Cybercrime is said to be becoming increasingly commonplace for technology to be used as a tool to aid criminal activity, and is described as a major and increasing threat to the financial sector, businesses and members of the public. It says that the Financial Intelligence Service continues to proactively identify and target those engaged in financial and economic crime. Amongst the successes the report trumpets are –
- a number of successful prosecutions for fraud, including a director of a business group who had moved large sums of money between clients without their knowledge, one man who abused his position as a trustee to defraud his clients, and another for fraud by false representation involving the unlawful sale of shares; and
- assisting the Bulgarian authorities with international asset recovery, resulting in the forfeiture of assets worth approximately £1.1 billion.