Half of reported crimes go unsolved by police
Published at 14:13, Monday, 21 July 2014
MORE than half of all crimes reported go unsolved, according to the latest government figures.
Data from 28 police forces in England and Wales, excluding the Metropolitan Police, showed that in April and May this year 52 per cent of crimes were classed as “investigation complete, no suspect identified”, meaning that the case is closed unless new evidence comes to light.
This happened in 73 per cent of criminal damage and arson cases, 72 per cent of theft and 56 per cent of robbery, according to figures released by the Home Office, which stressed that the investigations could be reopened later.
The Office for National Statistics also revealed crime has fallen to its lowest level since 1981, according to a national survey, but that police figures had remained level for the first time in a decade.
The latest data from the Crime Survey for England and Wales estimated that there were 7.3 million crimes in 2013/14, down 14 per cent on the previous year and the lowest since 1981.
But police figures showed no change compared to the previous year, with 3.7 million offences recorded in the 12 months to March. Before this, data from the forces had shown year-on-year reductions since 2002/03.
In Cumbria one of the biggest problems in the past year has been sneak in thefts and domestic burglaries.
However, force figures show a fall in the first six months of 2014 there have been 4,119 acquisitive crimes across the county compared to 4,879 to the same point last year.
But police are urging householders to ‘lock it or lose it’.
Mark Pannone, superintendent for South Cumbria, previously said: “We want to reassure the public crime rates are remaining low, in Barrow our priority is burglary and there has been a significant reduction in crime reported to us.
“The majority of criminals who we catch accept they are opportunists.
“At least 60 per cent of burglaries occur due to homes being left unlocked and opportunists taking a chance. If houses are locked and windows are shut, homes don’t get burgled.”
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