Credit hire, travel insurance, household claims and slip and trip are areas of police department’s focus

The Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department (IFED) has announced that it will focus on fraudulent household claims and slip and trip claims for Q3 and Q4 of this year, respectively.  

This follows the police department already announcing that it would focus on fraudulent credit hire companies and travel insurance claims for the first six months of this year.

IFED detective chief inspector Dave Wood revealed the focus areas to Insurance Times yesterday at a police raid that resulted in 17 arrests being made in relation to credit hire fraud.

“[Credit hire] is a different type of crime in that it doesn’t involve so many innocent victims - it’s corrupt businesses and we do think it’s rife,” he said.

The ABI recently confirmed that it would extend its funding of IFED for at least another three years.

The £11.7m investment will allow IFED to expand its operations and hire more detectives to the 38-strong unit, which is dedicated to tackling insurance fraud in England and Wales.

Since being formed in 2012, IFED has made nearly 450 arrests and secured court convictions and police cautions for more than 220 insurance fraudsters.