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Burglary

Justice written question – answered on 15th October 2012.

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Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice, Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice

(1) how many people convicted of household burglary received (a) custodial and (b) non-custodial sentences in 2011;

(2) of those receiving custodial sentences for household burglary in each of the last five years, how many received a sentence of (a) up to (and including) one month, (b) over one month but less than six months, (c) over six months but less than a year, (d) between one and two years, (e) between two and five years and (f) over five years.

Photo of Jeremy Wright Jeremy Wright The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

The number of persons found guilty and sentence given, at all courts for burglary in a dwelling, in England and Wales in 2011 can be viewed in table 1.

The number of persons sentenced to immediate custody at all courts, for burglary in a dwelling, by sentence length, in England and Wales, from 2007-11 can be viewed in table 2.

Table 1: Number of persons found guilty at all courts for burglary in a dwelling offences(1), by sentence breakdown, England and Wales, 2011(2, 3)
      Sentence breakdown
  Found guilty Sentenced(4) Absolute discharge Conditional discharge Fine Community sentence Suspended sentence Immediate custody Otherwise dealt with(5)
Number 14,450 14,362 9 103 36 4,128 1,568 8,261 257
(1) Includes offences under sections 9 and 10 of the Theft Act 1968: Burglary in a dwelling with intent to commit an offence; Burglary in a dwelling with violence or the threat of violence; Other burglary in a dwelling; Aggravated burglary in a dwelling (including attempts). (2) The figures given in the table on court proceedings relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences, it is the offence 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. (3) 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. (4) The number of offenders sentenced can differ from those found guilty as it may be the case that a defendant found guilty in a particular year, and committed for sentence at the Crown court, may be sentenced in the following year. (5) The category ‘otherwise dealt with’ includes: one day in police cells; disqualification order; restraining order; confiscation order; travel restriction order; disqualification from driving; recommendation for deportation; and other miscellaneous disposals. Source: Justice Statistics Analytical Services: Ministry of Justice.
Table 2: Number of persons sentenced to immediate custody at all courts, for burglary in a dwelling offences(1), by sentence length, England and Wales, 2007-11(2, 3)
  Immediate custody One month and under Over one month and up to six months Six months Over six months and up to one year One year Over one year up to and including two years Over two years up to and including five years Over five years
2007 6,172 78 871 399 546 655 1,626 1,861 136
2008 6,696 69 809 444 640 661 1,669 2,231 173
2009 7,120 36 710 403 723 775 1,920 2,386 167
2010 7,574 39 746 369 718 869 2,074 2,557 202
2011 8,261 47 751 368 840 914 2,234 2,851 256
(1) Includes offences under sections 9 and 10 of the Theft Act 1968: Burglary in a dwelling with intent to commit an offence; Burglary in a dwelling with violence or the threat of violence; Other burglary in a dwelling; Aggravated burglary in a dwelling (including attempts). (2) The figures given in the table on court proceedings relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences, it is the offence 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. (3) 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: Justice Statistics Analytical Services: Ministry of Justice.

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