From 'shallow' to 'deep' policing: 'crash-for-cash' insurance fraud investigation in England and Wales and the need for greater regulation

Button, Mark and Brooks, Graham ORCID: 0000-0002-1220-2932 (2016) From 'shallow' to 'deep' policing: 'crash-for-cash' insurance fraud investigation in England and Wales and the need for greater regulation. Policing and Society: An International Journal of Research and Policy, 26 (2). pp. 210-229. ISSN 1043-9463

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Abstract

The policing of insurance fraud has traditionally been dealt with beyond the criminal justice system as a private matter between the claimant and the insurer with only a few iconic cases referred to the criminal justice system each year. The growth of insurance fraud, particularly 'crash-for-cash' fraud, and the disinterest of the police, has led to a change in the response of the insurance industry. This paper will argue this response can be characterised as a shift from the traditional 'shallow' to a 'deeper' form of policing which sees greater focus upon criminal and quasi-criminal outcomes. This paper explores some of the private and innovative methods the industry has developed and illustrates at a time when police privatisation has become a higher profile issue what greater private criminal investigation might look like. The paper argues the shift to ‘deeper’ policing necessitates greater regulation of the private investigation of crime and outlines a number of proposals to address this gap which require further consideration and debate.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Policing and Society: An International Journal of Research and Policy on 08/10/2014, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10439463.2014.942847
Uncontrolled Keywords: Fraud, Policing, Cash for Crash, Insurance
Subjects: Law and criminal justice > Criminal justice > Criminology
Law and criminal justice > Law > Legal practice
Law and criminal justice > Criminal justice > Sentencing
Depositing User: Graham Brooks
Date Deposited: 28 Dec 2017 14:40
Last Modified: 24 Jan 2018 12:36
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/4250

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