Burglary: Prosecution Rates

Attorney General – in the House of Commons on 9th July 2020.

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Photo of Theresa Villiers Theresa Villiers Conservative, Chipping Barnet

What steps she is taking to increase prosecution rates for burglary offences.

Photo of Michael Ellis Michael Ellis The Solicitor-General

Burglary is a terrible crime that can have a long-lasting impact on victims. The CPS is committed to bringing robust prosecutions against offenders who commit burglary and ruin lives by doing so. The CPS will work with the police to ensure that the strongest possible evidence is put before the court. My right hon. Friend will be interested to know that the latest CPS data shows that of those prosecuted for burglary, 87.9% are convicted.

Photo of Theresa Villiers Theresa Villiers Conservative, Chipping Barnet

I thank the Solicitor General for his answer. Many of my constituents in Chipping Barnet are really worried about burglary. May I urge him to urge the police and the CPS to take this very seriously? Too often, they seem to know who the burglars are, but charges, arrests and prosecutions just do not seem to follow.

Photo of Michael Ellis Michael Ellis The Solicitor-General

My right hon. Friend is quite right to focus on this point, and I know that she has a track record of supporting her constituents in this area. The CPS is committed to bringing charges in all cases where the code test is met. If there is the evidence, if it meets the requisite standards, people will be prosecuted for burglary.