Damning data shows police fail to solve nine in 10 burglaries

PUBLISHED: 07:00 12 November 2018

Nine in 10 burglaries in the Times' patch have gone unpunished.

Nine in 10 burglaries in the Times' patch have gone unpunished.

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Police bosses have assured ‘burglary remains a priority’ after a Times investigation revealed a shocking 92 per cent of burglaries in the patch do not result in a conviction.

A freedom of information request submitted to Avon and Somerset Constabulary revealed the vast majority of burglaries in North Somerset since the start of 2017 went unpunished, despite the ‘huge personal toll’ caused by the crime.

North Somerset’s burglary hotspot was the Redwood beat area – which includes Pill and Long Ashton – with 214 of 225 burglaries not resulting in a conviction.

Ninety per cent of Portishead’s 154 break-ins did not see someone jailed, while 85 per cent of burglars in Clevedon escaped justice

Poor success rates of just three per cent were recorded in the Yatton plus Backwell and Wrington beat areas.

Across the Times patch, 724 of 787 burglaries did not result in a conviction.

North Somerset Police Commander Leanne Pook assured burglary ‘remains a priority’, and the force has taken ‘positive action to make improvements’.

She said: “We don’t ever underestimate how traumatic and unsettling a burglary is for victims.

“For many, the emotional devastation caused often far outlasts the time it takes to deal with the physical mess and replacing belongings. It’s such an intrusive experience.

“We are determined to increase the number of people we are bringing to justice in relation to burglary offences but also know these investigations can be challenging evidentially, particularly in rural settings.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens, pictured, said multi-agency efforts are key to tackling the issue.

She said: “There is a huge personal toll from a crime like this and sadly there are many reasons why some burglaries are not always solved.

“If you have been a victim of burglary I do not want you to be deterred in reporting this crime. It’s vital that the police have this information to aid with future investigations.

“Working together, with the police, probation, prisons, drug services and the criminal justice system, we are committed to bringing burglars to justice.

“It’s important we are all safe and feel safe in our homes and there is a lot of good advice on the police website.”

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