NEARLY one million burglaries have gone unsolved in the last five years with some cases being closed “within hours”.
The news has sparked fears cuts to neighbourhood policing budgets have left homeowners at the mercy of house breakers.
Almost one million burglaries have gone unsolved in the last five years[/caption]
Burglary is not regarded as a priority with some forces and an officer is not always sent out to investigate, reports the Telegraph.
And if there is no CCTV or forensic evidence a case can sometimes be closed within a few hours.
In the 12 months to March 2016 the percentage of burglary reports that went unsolved across England and Wales was running at 79.6 per cent.
However, it is reported by March 2020 that figure had shot up to 82.3 per cent.
In the Metropolitan Police force area the figure rose from 87.8 per cent in March 2016 to 89.5 per cent in March 2020.
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Metropolitan Police: 87.6%
West Midlands: 87.2%
South Yorkshire: 84.7%
North Wales: 60.9%
Devon and Cornwall: 62.8%
But by last March that figure had almost doubled.
Lib Dem leader Ed Davey said: “Everyone should be able to feel safe in their own homes, and know that if someone does break in they will be caught and punished.
“But with the vast majority of burglaries going unsolved, that’s simply not the case for far too many people.
“Having suffered the distress and trauma of being burgled, hundreds of thousands of victims are left without the closure they need and the justice they deserve.
“Unnecessary Tory cuts have left us with a national shortage of detectives to investigate these burglaries.”
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Diana Fawcett, chief exec of Victim Support, said: “As a charity that works with thousands of victims of burglary every year we know that it can have a long lasting impact on those who experience it.
“Home is the place where people should feel most safe, and burglary can rob victims not only of their possessions but also their sense of safety and security.”