Thursday, 3 May 2012
The multiracial town of Slough has overtaken London to become the UK’s new capital for identity fraud, according to research published this week.
Figures from information services company Experian show there are 25 cases of identity fraud for every 10,000 households in the Berkshire town. That sees it rise above London (22 cases per 10,000 households) to top Experian’s list of fraud hotspots.
Slough’s increased criminality coincides – purely coincidentally, of course – with an influx of immigration that puts its indigenous white Britons on the verge of becoming a minority in their own town.
A Slough Borough Council website document from 2008 proudly boasts that:
‘Slough is multicultural; a town with close to 40% of its residents hailing from a black or minority-ethnic background.
‘Over 50 different first languages are spoken and the town has the highest proportion of Sikh residents in the country, the highest percentage of Muslim residents in the region and the highest percentage of Hindu residents in the south east.’
It goes on to brag that: ‘There are also high levels of new arrivals and asylum seekers many of which are vulnerable and in need of key services. One third of the population was born outside of the UK and one-fifth from outside the EU.’
The formerly British city of London is not far behind in the fraud league table, of course. While London as a whole has fewer fraud cases than Slough, some areas’ rates are far higher.
Heading Experian’s list are ethnically cleansed East Ham (78 cases per 10,000 households), ‘diverse’ Woolwich (46 cases per 10,000 households) and ‘enriched’ Stratford (43 cases per 10,000 households).
That compares with a national average of just seven cases per 10,000 homes.
Following Slough and London in the national list of fraud cities are Gravesend, Birmingham, Luton, Manchester and Leicester – all of which have more than twice the national average rate.
Experian said that, previously, the wealthiest sections of society living in fashionable London neighbours were most likely to be targeted, but fraudsters have since shifted their tactics and turned their attention to younger, poorer sections of society.
The demographic most likely to be targeted now is young people renting small flats from local councils or housing associations, and young people with few qualifications and a relatively menial job.
The research also shows a surge in identity fraud conducted via current accounts and mortgages between 2010 and 2011, with the number of fraudulent applications per 10,000 doubling and quadrupling respectively.
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