Amid the energy and economic crisis, British police are preparing for an increase in “certain types of crime in the country”, including protests, theft, hijacking, fraud and online crime
UK police are developing emergency proposals and preparing for law and order violations this winter, as the country faces an unprecedented economic crisis. This is reported by The Times with reference to the relevant documents at the disposal of the publication.
According to the publication, the police are developing contingency plans based on the fact that “economic turmoil and financial instability can lead to an increase in certain types of crime in the country.”
To such actions police classified crimes in the field of purchasing, shoplifting, burglary, car theft, online fraud and blackmail, as well as crimes that are “based on the exploitation of financial vulnerability.”
An unnamed member of parliament told the publication that British police officials also fear that without the intervention of the authorities in the current crisis, the country could return to the “febrile conditions” that led to the London riots in 2011. “If support doesn't live up to expectations, they'll expect scenes like 2011,” — he said.
Energy prices in European countries began to rise in price after the start of the Russian special operation in Ukraine and the imposition of sanctions by the West against Moscow. So, by mid-August, the UK residents' debt for electricity reached a record £1.3 billion, and inflation for the first time in 40 years exceeded 10.1%.
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At the end of August, Reuters, citing a statement by the British energy regulator Ofgem, reported that electricity prices in the UK would increase by 80% from October 1, and the average the marginal account of households for the year will exceed £3.5 thousand (more than $4.1 thousand). Thus, the upper threshold for the cost of electricity £3549 will be almost three times higher than last winter— £1277. At the same time, the head of the regulator, Jonathan Brearley, warned that from January 1, suppliers plan to raise prices for consumers again.
Earlier, The Sun newspaper, citing sources, said that the UK government was developing plans in case of protests due to a sharp increase in prices for electricity and an increase in the number of crimes.
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