Commissioner says improvements must be made in number of burglaries solved

The Police and Crime Commissioner Lisa Townsend has said improvements must be made in the number of burglaries that are solved in the county after figures revealed that Surrey’s rate had fallen to 3.5%.

Statistics show that nationally that solve rates for domestic burglary have gone down to around 5% over the last year.

The Commissioner said that while the number of burglaries in Surrey has fallen dramatically during the Covid-19 pandemic – the solve rate is an area that needs urgent attention.

The Commissioner said: “Burglary is a deeply invasive and upsetting crime that can leave victims feeling vulnerable in their own homes.

“The current solve rate of 3.5% in Surrey is not acceptable and there is much hard work to do to improve those figures.

“A key part of my role is to hold the Chief Constable to account and I raised this issue in my live performance meeting with him earlier this week. He accepts that improvements are needed and it is an area that I will ensure we keep a real focus on going forward.

“There are a number of reasons behind these figures and this is a national trend. We know that changes in evidence and more investigations requiring digital expertise are providing challenges for policing. I am committed to making sure my office gives any support we can to Surrey Police to make progress in this area.

“A key priority in my Police and Crime Plan is to work with our communities so that they feel safe and there is more we can do to raise awareness of some of simple measures residents can take to prevent themselves from becoming a victim.

“During the first year of the Covid-19 pandemic burglary rates in the county fell by 35%. Whilst that is really encouraging, we know that we must improve in the number of those crimes that are solved so we can reassure the public those responsible for committing burglary in Surrey will be pursued and brought to justice.”

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