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Burglary detection rates have dropped

Swindon Advertiser: PC Tom Turner on a drugs bust in Toothill last year PC Tom Turner on a drugs bust in Toothill last year

AS few as one in 20 burglaries in some parts of Swindon were solved last year, as detection rates across all sectors fell behind those of more serious crimes.

Burglaries and thefts make up the bulk of offences around the town, and success rates in bringing offenders to justice are highest in the town centre, where burglaries often involve thefts from stores and commercial premises.

Almost 12 per cent of all offences in the town centre resulted in prosecutions in 2013, with a number of cases still under investigation.

That compares to just over four per cent of similar offences, often dwelling burglaries, being cleared up in the north-east sector.

While detection rates remain low, the number of offences reported to police has fallen dramatically over the past year.

In West Swindon, robberies are currently down by 25 per cent on the year before, as the result of carefully targeted drug raids in the sector.

PC Stephen Yeates, beat manager for Toothill and Freshbrook, said: “Robberies are currently down by 25 per cent over last year, and overall crime is down by 12 per cent.

“Last year we had 3,703 reports of crimes compared with 3,462 this year, so progress is being made.

“The most substantial reductions in burglaries have been in non-dwelling properties, such as sheds and garages. That number has fallen by 37 per cent over the last year, from 354 to 236.

“We know that drugs and thefts go hand in hand, but we are always going to be two steps behind. We always rely on good information from the public. If we do not know about a crime we will not be there and they will always get away with it.”

In contrast, good work is being done in closing cases of sexual offences, with around 35 per cent of all cases being wrapped up in the north-east last year.

The number of cases reported to police in Wiltshire fell for the first time in 2013, from 107 to 76, and the force has come out as one of the highest performing in the country for detection of sex offences against both adults and children.

For adult rape cases the sanction detection rate was 28 per cent compared with 18 per cent nationally, and for offences against children last year it came in at 43 per cent, against a 31 per cent average in England and Wales.

This leaves Wiltshire as the fourth highest performing force for adult rape cases and fifth highest for child rape cases.

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9:00am Thu 3 Apr 14

House with no name says...

Hardly rocket science that reported crime is down because the Police have made it so difficult to report anything to them so what is the incentive other than a crime number for an insurance claim.

It irritates that the Police want to take credit for a "fall in crime" when all they have done is alienate the honest public from contact with them.

It is also pathetic that the house burglary detection rate is so low - I once read that 90% of all crime is committed by a very small number of lowlife so surely they must know who is committing the crimes.

Lastly, as court hearings and resulting convictions are a matter of public record why don't the local media regularly publish offenders details with a photograph that way we would all know who are the villains - just a thought.
Hardly rocket science that reported crime is down because the Police have made it so difficult to report anything to them so what is the incentive other than a crime number for an insurance claim. It irritates that the Police want to take credit for a "fall in crime" when all they have done is alienate the honest public from contact with them. It is also pathetic that the house burglary detection rate is so low - I once read that 90% of all crime is committed by a very small number of lowlife so surely they must know who is committing the crimes. Lastly, as court hearings and resulting convictions are a matter of public record why don't the local media regularly publish offenders details with a photograph that way we would all know who are the villains - just a thought. House with no name
  • Score: 4

9:31am Thu 3 Apr 14

ChannelX says...

Utterly pathetic.

In what other job would your paymasters accept a 12% success rate?

It's even worse when you consider that the courts let off most of those who are actually caught and brought to what we laughable still refer to as 'justice'.

Let's face it, if you want to burgle houses, you may as well... because nothing will happen to you.
Utterly pathetic. In what other job would your paymasters accept a 12% success rate? It's even worse when you consider that the courts let off most of those who are actually caught and brought to what we laughable still refer to as 'justice'. Let's face it, if you want to burgle houses, you may as well... because nothing will happen to you. ChannelX
  • Score: 3

10:56am Thu 3 Apr 14

umpcah says...

ChannelX wrote:
Utterly pathetic.

In what other job would your paymasters accept a 12% success rate?

It's even worse when you consider that the courts let off most of those who are actually caught and brought to what we laughable still refer to as 'justice'.

Let's face it, if you want to burgle houses, you may as well... because nothing will happen to you.
Nothing will happen to you ? It will if I catch someone uninvited in my house !
[quote][p][bold]ChannelX[/bold] wrote: Utterly pathetic. In what other job would your paymasters accept a 12% success rate? It's even worse when you consider that the courts let off most of those who are actually caught and brought to what we laughable still refer to as 'justice'. Let's face it, if you want to burgle houses, you may as well... because nothing will happen to you.[/p][/quote]Nothing will happen to you ? It will if I catch someone uninvited in my house ! umpcah
  • Score: 5

1:10pm Thu 3 Apr 14

SlantedView says...

umpcah wrote:
ChannelX wrote: Utterly pathetic. In what other job would your paymasters accept a 12% success rate? It's even worse when you consider that the courts let off most of those who are actually caught and brought to what we laughable still refer to as 'justice'. Let's face it, if you want to burgle houses, you may as well... because nothing will happen to you.
Nothing will happen to you ? It will if I catch someone uninvited in my house !
I did! and i gave him a right good 'talking' to!! The police took 2 hours to get to my house as it was a 'change in shift'. In the meantime, I'd solved the crime and dished out the punishment.
[quote][p][bold]umpcah[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ChannelX[/bold] wrote: Utterly pathetic. In what other job would your paymasters accept a 12% success rate? It's even worse when you consider that the courts let off most of those who are actually caught and brought to what we laughable still refer to as 'justice'. Let's face it, if you want to burgle houses, you may as well... because nothing will happen to you.[/p][/quote]Nothing will happen to you ? It will if I catch someone uninvited in my house ![/p][/quote]I did! and i gave him a right good 'talking' to!! The police took 2 hours to get to my house as it was a 'change in shift'. In the meantime, I'd solved the crime and dished out the punishment. SlantedView
  • Score: 3

1:48pm Thu 3 Apr 14

house on the hill says...

Agree with the above, If I ever caught anyone trying to burgle my house they would find themselves being part of the foundations for my new patio! Scum that they are.
Agree with the above, If I ever caught anyone trying to burgle my house they would find themselves being part of the foundations for my new patio! Scum that they are. house on the hill
  • Score: 3

8:55pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Ollie Dognacky says...

Ridiculous, utterly pathetic.

I do not accept that there is a 12% success rate?

Besides that the courts let off most of those who are actually caught and the 'punishments' are laughable

There's little deterrent to burgling houses
Ridiculous, utterly pathetic. I do not accept that there is a 12% success rate? Besides that the courts let off most of those who are actually caught and the 'punishments' are laughable There's little deterrent to burgling houses Ollie Dognacky
  • Score: 1

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