Burglary: Crime Prevention

Home Office written question – answered at on 11 September 2023.

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Photo of Matt Vickers Matt Vickers Conservative, Stockton South

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to reduce burglary rates.

Photo of Chris Philp Chris Philp The Minister of State, Home Department

The latest Crime Survey for England and Wales, covering the year to March 2023, shows that domestic burglary has fallen by 55% since the year ending March 2010. We welcome this reduction, but we recognise the significant impact invasive crimes like burglary can have on individuals and the wider community, and we are keen that the number of these crimes is driven even lower.

As we made clear in the Beating Crime Plan, published in July 2021, our approach to tackling burglary focuses on evidenced-based and targeted interventions, such as the Safer Streets Fund. The Safer Streets Fund supports investment in street lighting, home security and other measures, to help prevent crimes such as domestic burglary occurring in the first place. Round 5 of the Fund was launched on 6 July.

This is underpinned by making sure police get the basics right, which is why we welcome the announcement made by the National Police Chiefs’ Council on 8 June that all 43 territorial police forces in England and Wales have been attending all home burglaries since March this year. We are working with police leaders to ensure forces are making their attendance data available to the public.

Furthermore, as part of this back-to-basics approach, police forces across England and Wales have committed to pursue all ‘reasonable lines of enquiry’ where there is a reasonable chance it could lead them to catching a perpetrator and solving a crime. This commitment, announced on 28 August, has been worked up and agreed by the Home Office, in tandem with the National Police Chiefs’ Council and College of Policing.

And to ensure the police have the resources they need to implement this and tackle crimes like burglary, we have delivered on our commitment to recruit 20,000 additional officers by March 2023.

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