Booming police solve just over 5% of burglaries…almost half as much as in 2015, shocking figures reveal

BUNGLING police solved just over 5% of burglaries last year, shocking statistics show – almost half as many as in 2015.

Crime-solving success rates have plummeted across England and Wales, with robbers left behind roaming the streets prowling other victims.

The number of burglaries solved has nearly halved in seven years, according to statistics


The number of burglaries solved has nearly halved in seven years, according to statisticsCredit: Alamy

Police cracked about 14,000 of the 268,000 burglaries between April 2020 and April last year.

They abandoned 243,000 of them, mostly due to struggling with evidence including problems with CCTV access or the inability to find suspects.

The damning numbers, reported by The Times, show a severe shortfall in police effectiveness over the past seven years.

Official statistics show that the number of burglaries solved has been close to halves since 2015, when officers managed to solve nearly 32,000 break-ins out of a total of 342,043 cases.

The data takes into account residential and commercial burglaries, which found more than 301,000 unsolved cases in 2015.

More than 8,000 unidentified thefts result in government statistics.

Between 2020 and 2021, out of 268,000 burglaries, 211,411 huge investigations were closed without identifying a suspect.

12,981 minor cases charged or subpoenaed.

And more than 31,000 other burglaries have been closed because of difficulties with evidence, while nearly 10,000 cases have not yet determined the outcome.

Between January and December of last year, the Metropolitan Police had a fine detection rate of 3.8% for residential burglaries.

It means only 1,500 cases out of London’s 40,000 cases are ended with a formal resolution such as a charge, summons or community punishment.

The force has been urged to beef up following a series of high-profile burglaries in the capital, when gangs targeted top British footballers across the UK.

Just last month, Manchester City star Joao Cancelo reveals horror wound on face after being attacked by four thugs who he said were “trying to hurt” his family.

Scotland Yard’s fleet is currently being drafted in to tackle home invasions armed with extensive knowledge of organized crime and the ability to wield firearms.

A team of the unit recently caught a trio of Italians blatantly stealing more than £26million when they raided homes, including those of the F1 heiress. Tamara Ecclestone and former football player Frank Lampard and his wife Christine.

The sheriff accepts that forces need to step up their game to tackle the heist, but the criminal assault shows no signs of slowing down.


Police in Durham and Northumbria top the list, solving 12% of burglaries, while Suffolk solves just over 10%.

3.7% of failures have been resolved in Greater Manchester, while police in Surrey have only dealt with 3%.

Additionally, the latest figures from the Home Office show that the total number of crimes has hit a record low, with just one in 17 cases resulting in a conviction.

Between 2020 and 2021, only one in 20 violent crimes results in a conviction.

And amazingly only one out of 77 rapes leads to a charge because, according to The Times, police are struggling to locate the suspect.

Susan Hall, chair of City Hall’s police and crime committee, said: “Confidence in police is at a record high, burglaries solved at a record low, the Met is not taking it back. get that belief.

“There are more police in London today than at any time in almost 20 years, resources are clearly available.”

Ministers have urged police to send one officer to every theft scene after tests showed it had cut crime by half and detection rates tripled.

Dave Thompson, chief of police for West Midlands Police, said while attending to the large number of burglaries was difficult, it was still a priority.

“Picking a thief never goes out of style,” he said. Booming police solve just over 5% of burglaries…almost half as much as in 2015, shocking figures reveal

Bobby Allyn

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