Crime Statistics

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 16th July 1987.

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Photo of Mr John Patten Mr John Patten , Oxford West and Abingdon 12:00 am, 16th July 1987

I must begin by reciprocating the welcome. I am delighted to congratulate the hon. Gentleman on his important post. I had not read about it. I hope that we have the same—[Interruption.] The hon. Gentleman is indicating that it may be only temporary.

It is undoubtedly the case that the majority of crime in this country lends itself not to police detection hut to public prevention. Indeed, about 20 per cent. of all burglaries take place in houses which have unlocked doors or unfastened windows.