Burglary rates rise again

Domestic burglary has risen by more than 30% according to the latest police recorded figures released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) in January. The latest recorded crime figures show there were 261,915 domestic burglaries – where an offender has entered a person’s home – in the year to September 2017. Overall, total recorded crime is up 14% and the figures from 44 Police forces show:

• Robbery up 29%
• Sexual offences up 23%
• Knife Crime up 21%.
• Violent crime up 20%

However it is important to note that these levels are nowhere near the levels seen in the 1990s when crime peaked. Indeed figures from the separate Crime Survey of England and Wales (CSEW) – which are based on people’s experiences, suggests crime continues to fall. This survey, based on interviews with 35,000 households in England and Wales, includes crimes that people do not report to police. Jayne Pascoe, Strategic Partnerships Director for Neighbourhood Watch, said: “The recorded figures reflect what we’ve seen here at Neighbourhood Watch with more people contacting us to want to set up a scheme in their area – many as a result of themselves or their neighbours being burgled. “So now, more than ever, Neighbourhood Watch is an important way people can take an active role in protecting their homes and the things they care about.”

Remember: To prevent burglary the most important thing you can do is:

• fit good window and door locks
• and ALWAYS leave a light on when you’re out for the evening.

** excerpt taken from NHW newsletter**

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