More than 70% of Burglaries in England & Wales go unsolved


Article on the BBC news today shows that more than 70% of burglaries in England and Wales are not solved. This is a similar rate to that reported recently by Ireland’s national police force, An Garda Síochána (see my previous article on this subject).

Police forces are increasingly forced to make decisions on where to best apply limited resources and without an identified suspect most are choosing not to further investigate burglaries. Given that these types of crimes are unlikely to be given a higher priority or more investigative resources any time soon, video surveillance and other safe city technologies are going to have to play an increasingly important role in reducing this type crime and increasing detection rates.