Burglary

Home Department written question – answered on 7th October 2008.

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will establish a target for police forces to investigate all reported house burglaries.

Photo of Vernon Coaker Vernon Coaker Minister of State (Home Office) (Policing, Crime & Security)

We have no plans to set a target for police forces to investigate all reported house burglaries.

The Government are determined to ensure the police have the time and flexibility to respond to the concerns of local communities and have listened to the police service about the best way to achieve this. The Police Green Paper published in July—'From the Neighbourhood to the National, Policing Our Communities Together'—set out the Government's commitment to remove all targets that we set nationally for the police, and replace them with just one numerical top-down target for forces—on whether the public are confident that their force are tackling local problems. It is for local police forces, accountable to their police authorities, to determine their local priorities and the most appropriate way to tackle issues such as house burglary, including through the use of locally-set targets if appropriate.

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