Burglary scandal: 82 percent of crimes go unpunished, leaving victims feeling betrayed.
Exclusive: Thousands of burglary victims are “let down” every year, according to activists, as thousands of offenders escape justice.
According to a Daily Express investigation, there were over 400,000 break-ins last year, despite the fact that more people were at home due to lockdowns. The number of burglaries that went unsolved in the 12 months leading up to March of last year was 82 percent. In the last five years, nearly one million household burglaries have gone unsolved, according to statistics.
Glen Smyth, the ex-chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation, slammed the present approach to burglary and the use of telephone interviews with victims yesterday.
“People are being let down,” he remarked. It’s a policy that’ll be remembered as a colossal disaster. If you pay a visit to the victims of burglary, you will observe how distressed they are. In a sense, you share their anguish.
“It’s a huge motivator to apprehend burglars because of that. Unless everyone is visited, you never know what someone has seen, which could be crucial in identifying the burglar.”
Former Metropolitan Police Commander John O’Connor remarked that the typical police response to a burglary now is to assign a crime number to the victims so that they may file a claim with their insurance company. “It’s shocking,” he said. A severe accusation against the cops.”
“Burglary of someone’s home is not just theft — it is a violation,” said Mick Neville, a former detective chief inspector. If their home has been broken into, women, in particular, feel less safe.”
Despite the widespread impact of burglaries, police departments have been accused of abandoning scores of victims. Campaigners are urging ministers to increase funding to combat the problem.
“The awful truth is, burglary is still a widespread crime, and too many people across the country are being impacted,” said Rachel Almeida of the charity Victim Support.
Despite the large number of unsolved break-ins, Chris Rowley, the National Police Chiefs Council’s lead for burglary, stressed that it remains a key priority.
“Police officers understand how distressing a burglary is for victims and are completely committed to preventing these crimes,” Mr Rowley said. Officers will make every effort to investigate and will be unhappy if they are unable to bring criminals to justice.
“Unfortunately, there is no practical likelihood of finding the offender in such burglaries due to a lack of evidence and forensics.
“How officers establish contact with a victim is evaluated on a case-by-case basis.” Brinkwire Summary News.