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More than 87 per cent of burglaries in South Kesteven went unsolved last year




More than 87 per cent of burglaries reported in South Kesteven between January and November last year are either still unsolved or police are unable to give an update on the status of the investigation, according to the latest Home Office data.

The data, which details street-level crimes and their outcomes between January and November 2019, shows that 591 burglaries were reported in South Kesteven over that period.

Of that number, 51.78 per cent (306) were categorised as having a last outcome of ‘under investigation’, followed by‘status update unavailable’ at 35.87 per cent (212) and ‘unable to prosecute suspect’ at 5.25 per cent (31)

Of the other outcomes, in one instance a defendant was found not guilty; in two cases there was a local resolution; in three more, a court result was unavailable; and in three more an offender was given a caution.

In 14 instances, an investigation was complete, with no suspect identified.

The month in which the highest number of burglaries were reported was August (64), and the fewest number of burglaries were reported in May (38).

Burglar breaking in during the day in a residential area (28406597)
Burglar breaking in during the day in a residential area (28406597)

But a Lincolnshire Police spokesman responded saying the figures were inaccurate.

She said: “We recognise an issue with our data on police.uk and we are working with them to resubmit and therefore generate correct figures for Lincolnshire.

“The information that is currently published on the website isn’t reliable. This situation obviously isn’t ideal and we have made rectifying this a priority and hopefully in the coming weeks we will have an accurate and up-to-date picture.”

Insurance industry experts said figures such as these can be taken into account when premiums are established.

A spokesman for the Association of British Insurers said: “It is up to individual insurers how they determine home insurance premiums, many factors including local crime rates are often considered.”

A police spokesman has suggested there are limitations to the data, however, as they say the details of crimes may change after the figures are recorded.

For instance, a crime which was listed as a burglary might later be reclassified as a different type of crime - but this might not be reflected in the data.

A recent report on crime, for the year ending June 2019 from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), says there was a four per cent decrease in burglary according to the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW).

“A rise or fall in police recorded crime does not necessarily mean the actual level of crime in society has changed,” the report says.

A pie chart showing the outcome of burglaries in South Kesteven between January and November 2019
A pie chart showing the outcome of burglaries in South Kesteven between January and November 2019

“The data can be affected by changes in recording practices, policing activity and victims’ willingness to report crime.”

It adds: “Police-recorded burglary offences had shown rises in recent years (six per cent in the year ending March 2018 and three per cent ending March 2017).

“However, figures for the year ending June 2019 show that the number of burglary offences decreased by four per cent.

“We believe this crime type is less affected by recording improvements than other types of crime, as it is generally well-reported by victims and well-recorded by the police.

“CSEW domestic burglary has shown no significant change in recent years.”

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