Declining crime clear up rates
Recent reports on the level of crime clear-up rates show that just 4% of robberies and 3% of burglaries were recorded as solved or detected by the police in England and Wales during 2017.
A crime is classified as “cleared up” when there is sufficient evidence to justify the consideration of criminal proceedings.
Analysis of police crime data indicates the proportion of crimes solved has fallen from 19% in 2013 to just 9% last year.
Senior officers have admitted they must improve detection or face fears of a crime epidemic. A Scotland Yard spokesperson was quoted as saying “burglary presents particular challenges with regards to identifying those responsible.” In real terms, the reports suggest only 1 in 4 crimes are being solved.
Although these reports highlight the scale of the problem, it is also interesting to see the changes in the level of crime and the socio-economic reasons behind why certain crimes are committed. It also reminds us to be vigilant and look out for each other.
Looking after yourself and your possessions is a key starting point in your personal security. Protecting your home with a burglar alarm linked to a 24-hour monitoring station is a deterrent to casual criminals looking for an easy target. Having a visible alarm box positioned on the exterior of your house is enough to make some burglars look elsewhere.
Should a brave burglar enter your property whilst you are inside, having a panic alarm near your bed, in the kitchen, lounge or home-office, can raise the alarm with a loud siren, or with a silent call to the police. This is a potentially life saving device if you feel at risk in your home or office, or if you have high value items which could make you a target for thieves.
In addition to protecting your property, having a personal GSM panic alarm can offer reassurance when working alone, or travelling alone. The discrete device can be activated at the touch of a button and a silent alarm sent through to an alarm receiving centre. Portable, reliable protection – the device can even be used while driving, the same cannot be said for your mobile phone!
A Scotland Yard spokesperson responded to the report on the crime clear-up rates saying, “we accept there is more work to be done and we are always seeing ways to increase the number of crimes that we solve.”
There is always more that we as individuals can do to inform the police of suspicious circumstances. We can help to protect each other and act together to prevent crime from taking place in our neighbourhood.
Added: 20th June 2019