Theft: Wales

Home Office written question – answered on 13th May 2019.

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Photo of Jo Stevens Jo Stevens Labour, Cardiff Central

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment his Department has made of trends in the level of reported incidents of (a) burglary and (b) petty theft in Wales in the last five years.

Photo of Victoria Atkins Victoria Atkins The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, Minister for Women

We are committed to tackling all forms of acquisitive crime, including burglary. The Minister for Policing and the Fire Service chaired the first meeting of a new Burglary Taskforce which brings together the police, industry, charities and others to look at what more can be done to tackle this crime.

The Office for National Statistics publishes on a quarterly basis the numbers of crimes reported to and recorded to the four police forces in Wales. Data can be found in the police force area tables: https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/crimeandjustice/datasets/policeforceareadatatables

This includes breakdowns of burglary and other types of theft. There is no specific classification of ‘petty theft’ and such incidents will be included across a range of theft types.

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