Banks must help fund war on fraudsters
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.”