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Police solve just one in 10 burglary crimes

Joanna Faith
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Joanna Faith

If you are the victim of a burglary, don’t have high hopes of an arrest, as almost 90% of crimes remain unresolved.

Nearly nine out of 10 burglary crimes in England and Wales remain unresolved, with police having solved just 12.2% in the year ending March 2014.

However, where you live makes a massive difference, according to Churchill Insurance, as there is significant variation in the figures between forces.

In Wiltshire, for example, just 8.3 in every 100 burglary crimes was solved, meaning the perpetrator was caught and a formal punishment was issued.

At the other end of the scale more than three times that proportion (28.7%) were solved in Dyfed-Powys police authority, which has the highest solved rate across England and Wales.

Burglary hotspots

For the year ending March 2015, Dyfed-Powys police also had the lowest incidence of burglaries with 2.5 in every 1,000 people falling victim to burglary every year.

This is a marked contrast to Humberside police force authority and West Yorkshire police force authority, where 10.8 in every 1,000 fall victim to this type of crime.

Acrosss England and Wales as a whole, 7.2 people per 1000 of the population fall victim to burglary.

Plus, police presence is far from uniform. Across England and Wales there are 3.78 full-time police officers for every 1,000 people.

However, in Lincolnshire – the police force with the lowest full time presence – there are just 2.09 officers per 1,000 people, while the Metropolitan police force, has over double that at 5.51.