72% of all burglaries in Northumbria Police force area go unsolved new figures show

26 Jul 2023

The figures, from official Home Office statistics, show that in 2022/2023, a total of 4,589 burglaries in the Northumbria Police force area were closed without a suspect being identified, accounting for 72% of all cases.

Meanwhile, just 620 burglaries resulted in a suspect being charged or summonsed. The national figures paint a similarly dire picture. Across England and Wales, nearly 77% of all burglaries went unsolved in that same time period.

Sunderland’s Liberal Democrats have slammed the Government and the Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner for these figures. Since 2015, the Government have taken over 4,000 Police Community Support Officers off the streets. And as of last year, just 12% of officers across England and Wales were assigned to frontline neighbourhood policing teams.

The Liberal Democrats are calling for a return to proper community policing, where officers are trusted and visible in their neighbourhoods, with the time and resources to focus on tackling local crimes like burglaries.The party is also calling for a new “Burglary Response Guarantee” under which all domestic burglaries would be attended by the police and properly investigated. 

Commenting, Wearside Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Fulwell and Seaburn Miguel Smith said:  “Everyone deserves to feel safe and secure in their own homes. But under this terrible Government, so many burglars are getting off scot-free. These figures will bring little comfort to families and pensioners across Sunderland and the North East.

“It’s a disgrace that our local communities are paying the price for the Conservative Government’s failures to get tough on burglaries.

“Government ministers and our invisible Police and Crime Commissioner must finally bring back proper community policing and back Lib Dem plans for a Burglary Response Guarantee so all burglaries are attended by the police. It’s the only way to reverse these shocking figures.”

Miguel Smith outside Stack Seaburn

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