The need for further spending cuts will necessitate the future integration of the police, fire and ambulance emergency services and the widespread use of body-worn cameras and smartphone apps by officers to save time, the home secretary,
She also warns that the changing nature of crime means that the theft of a third of cars in
She is to disclose that the government is shortly to publish rankings of which mobile phone handsets are most at risk of being targeted by thieves so that consumers can take steps to improve their security.
In a speech in
The home secretary will tell the Reform thinktank that radical changes in the use of police time are needed if deeper savings are to be found. These might include a drastic reduction in the use of stop and search and an improvement in the care of people with mental health problems, as well as wider criminal justice reform.
But May is also intending to use the speech to discuss the changing nature of crime in
She says that officials have been working to understand what lies behind the 62% fall in crime recorded by the official crime survey since 1995. They have identified six drivers of crime, including alcohol, drugs, opportunity, effectiveness of the criminal justice system, character and profit.
The home secretary says the most obvious and pressing example of the new opportunities for crime was that presented by new technology, and believes the need to develop responses to it is urgent.
May is to cite the example of car thefts in
She says this knowledge can be used to work with the motor industry to improve the resilience of new cars.
May also highlights a new trend among criminal gangs targeting concerts and festivals to steal smartphones on a massive scale so that they can be sent abroad, reactivated and sold. She says the Home Office is working with industry to find new ways of preventing the reactivation of phones overseas in order to kill this developing criminal market.
The home secretary says this type of crime prevention work is only in its infancy, but that a deeper understanding of the drivers of crime is needed if the huge demand on police time is to be reduced.
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