Burglary: Wales

Home Department written question – answered on 15th July 2008.

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Photo of Dame Cheryl Gillan Dame Cheryl Gillan Shadow Secretary of State for Wales

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many burglaries were reported in each police authority area in Wales in each year since 1997; and how many convictions for burglary were obtained in each authority area in each of those years.

Photo of Vernon Coaker Vernon Coaker Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office) (Crime Reduction)

Statistics on the number of recorded offences of burglary in Wales for the years 1997 to 2006-07 are given in Tables 1-3.

Statistics on the number of defendants found guilty at all courts in Wales for burglary for the years 1997 to 2006 are provided in Table 4. Information for 2007 will be available in the autumn of 2008.

The figures given in Table 4 relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offence for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences, the offence selected is the one for which the heaviest penalty is imposed. Where the same disposal is imposed for two or more offences, the offence selected is the offence for which the statutory maximum penalty is the most severe.

Caution must be used when looking at recorded crime statistics and convictions statistics as these are from two different databases and recorded in quite different ways. Recorded crime data are provided on a financial year basis and count offences whereas court proceedings data are on a calendar year basis and count offenders. Therefore, these two separate data-sets are not directly comparable.

Table 1 Offences of burglary recorded by the police in Wales, 1997
Police force area Number of offences
Dyfed-Powys 2,590
Gwent 9,154
North Wales 7,554
South Wales 27,147
Wales 46,445
Table 2 Offences of burglary recorded by the police in Wales, 1998-99 to 2001-02
Number of offences
Police force area 1998-99 1999-2000 2000-01 2001-02
Dyfed-Powys 2,615 2,072 1,489 2,122
Gwent 8,416 7,656 6,899 6,169
North Wales 7,226 6,892 7,197 7,368
South Wales 23,684 20,144 16,765 16,549
Wales 41,941 36,764 32,350 32,208
Notes:

1. The coverage was extended and counting rules revised from 1998-99. Figures from that date are not directly comparable with those for 1997.

2. The data in this table are prior to the introduction of the National Crime Recording Standard. These figures are not directly comparable with those for later years.

Table 3 Offences of burglary recorded by the police in Wales, 2002-03 to 2006-07
Number of offences
Police force area 2002-03 2003-4 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07
Dyfed-Powys 2,104 2,703 2,875 2,240 2,232
Gwent 7,586 7,541 6,520 5,999 5,740
North Wales 8,534 7,301 5,008 4,471 4,565
South Wales 18,615 17,127 14,873 13,608 14,237
Wales 36,839 34,672 29,276 26,318 26,774
Note:

1. The data in this table take account of the introduction of the National Crime Recording Standard in April 2002. These figures are not directly comparable with those for earlier years.

Table 4 Number of defendants found guilty at all courts for burglary by police force area, Wales 1997-2006( 1, 2)
Number of defendants found guilty
Police force area 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
Dyfed-Powys 335 325 268 219 222 220 198 157 147 163
Gwent 426 431 416 334 371 394 344 345 273 306
North Wales 411 437 382 353 353 335 338 315 275 283
South Wales 888 987 883 789 694 806 708 664 584 621
Wales 2,060 2,180 1,949 1,695 1,640 1,755 1,588 1,481 1,279 1,373
Notes:

1 These data are on the principal offence basis.

2 Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.

Source:

Court proceedings database—Criminal Justice Evidence and Analysis—Office for Criminal Justice Reform

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