Banks must help fund war on fraud­sters

Bangor Mail - - NEWS -

A PO­LICE boss is call­ing on the banks to pay for a ded­i­cated of­fi­cer in North Wales to com­bat the ris­ing tide of fraud at a time when they are clos­ing branches across the re­gion.

Ei­ther that or they should help fund ex­tra staff at the re­gion’s Vic­tim Help Cen­tre which pro­vides vi­tal sup­port to peo­ple who have been swin­dled out of their money ,he says.

North Wales Po­lice and Crime Com­mis­sioner Ar­fon Jones says the banks have a duty to do more to help when cus­tomers now have to travel long dis­tances for face-to-face meet­ings be­cause their lo­cal branches have been axed.

Mr Jones was speak­ing dur­ing a visit to the help cen­tre in St As­aph, which is deal­ing with a record num­ber of calls from vic­tims of all sorts of crime. Last year the cen­tre dealt with 34,000 cases, more than any other cen­tre in Wales.

Po­lice and Crime Com­mis­sioner Ar­fon Jones said: “The key fac­tor is the vul­ner­a­bil­ity of the vic­tim, ir­re­spec­tive of what the crime is, and I would like to do more around the vul­ner­a­ble vic­tims of fraud.

“Vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple, very of­ten el­derly, are be­ing tar­geted specif­i­cally and that is de­spi­ca­ble. Un­der the cir­cum­stances, the banks could and should be do­ing more to help the vic­tims of crime.”

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