NATIONAL CRIME AGENCY SENDING TEXT MESSAGES TO CRIMINALS WHO FAIL TO COMPLY – Government sources have revealed that sending text message to tax dodgers has resulted in a five per cent increase in HM Revenue and Customs receiving payment.
The Government is now going to initiate plans to use the same ploy on criminal gangs who refuse to give up their ill-gotten gains – the ploy is either to pay up or face much longer prison sentences.
The newly formed National Crime Agency (NCA) is to tackle crimes involving criminal organisations, child exploitation, human trafficking and immigration offenders.
The new ‘behavioural insight techniques’ are to be used in order to get criminal gangs hand over their millions in cash and property.
HM Revenue and Customs have revealed that they have been running a pilot scheme of sending out text messages to tax dodgers warning them that if they fail to pay they will be imprisoned; this as stated has led to a five per cent increase in those stumping up their cash.
Will such a scheme work with criminal gangs? Such a scheme would be easy to brand as little more than rhetorical PR for the Home Office as criminals will simply change telephone numbers or simply ignore any requests.
However, if you don’t try then how do you know if something works? Tax dodgers, in the mainstream, are ordinary citizens and could therefore be seen as an easy target. The question as to whether HM Revenue and Customs has sent text messages to the likes of Google, Amazon and Starbucks has also been asked.
With the likes of Google, Amazon and Starbucks the issue here is not one of tax dodging but rather tax avoidance; which is perfectly legal and therefore will not result in such a text message being sent.
The Home Office has announced that it will take things a step further with criminals that refuse to comply by opening a new website which will publicly name and shame offenders.
This of course is an extremely good idea but I suspect that unless the Government scraps the Human Rights Act 1998 and pulls out of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) then this scheme is likely to fail as lawyers will no doubt come up with some part of it that violates their human rights – yes it’ll mean the taxpayer having to pay out more compensation to criminals
The Home Office has also said that it plans to close a loophole in the law that allows criminals to transfer their assets to their spouse through divorce.
Currently a criminal’s spouse is permitted access to any assets and this takes precedence over the police claiming access to such assets.
In an announcement by the Home Office, Theresa May correctly pointed out that organised crime poses a serious threat to Britain’s national security and there are fears that organised crime will continue to grow as we are forced by the EU to allow anyone into the country.
With the growing realisation that organised criminal gangs are infiltrating the UK from Eastern European countries, such as Romania and Bulgaria, the issue to clamp down on their activities has never been more important.
According to the Home Officer there are currently an estimated 37,000 criminals in the UK involved in some form of serious crime; much of which is perpetrated through foreign migrants
How serious is the problem? The NCA has been given an annual budget of £500 million and will employ some 4,000 NCA officers to tackle four areas of crime: Organised Crime, Economic Crime, Border Policing and Child Exploitation and Online Protection – the latter being alongside the National Cyber Crime Unit.
The creation of the NCA provides the stark realisation that the UK has a deep and dark issue with crime and that the problem continues to grow.
There is of course another route of action the Government could take; pull out of the ECHR, scrap the Human Rights Act and pull out of Europe.
These three elements would then allow British courts to dispense British justice without interference. Pulling out of the EU would also allow Britain to close and carefully monitor its borders and finally allow courts to simply deport any foreign national who commits a crime.
Whilst the NCA will hopefully provide results in reducing crime the cheaper and more effective way would be to initiate the above – unfortunately there are too many in Government, including ‘Call Me Dave’ who refuses to acknowledge the problem with our European membership and therefore continues to use all of his power in order for Britain to remain tied to the EU.