London burglary hotspots revealed as new statistics show no suspects in three quarters of burglaries

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75 percent of Metropolitan Police burglary investigations failed to identify a suspect, according to the latest figures.

They expose the struggle police face to bring burglars to justice, with tens of thousands of incidents every year and few criminals face punishment.

The numbers also reveal that Hackney is the capital’s break-in point – with 2,687 homes broken into in the year from September 2020 to August 2021.

Barnet had the second highest number of such burglaries, 2,638, and Tower Hamlets was in third place with 2,612.

Wealthy neighborhoods such as Wandsworth (2,422) and Westminster (2,376) also top the list.

The areas with the lowest number of burglaries were Kingston Upon Thames with 712 and Bexley with 766. The total number of reported burglaries in London was 55,252 – the highest number in England, followed by West Yorkshire with 13,110. Thames Valley was seventh in the list for England at 7,403, and Essex 10th at 6,371.

The figures show that of the 42,769 burglaries for which the Met’s investigations were completed, 77 percent failed to identify a suspect.

With 1,195 investigations, or 2% of the total, cases have been brought to court and are awaiting outcome. Police are still investigating just over 9,000 of the year’s 55,252 incidents.

Alan Blake, director of security firm Secom which compiled the data, said: “Met police are struggling to deal with break-ins. Criminals target empty properties and will conceal their identity using masks and gloves.

“They are also less likely to break into properties where CCTV is already visible.

“Double-checking windows and doors before you leave, as well as installing CCTV, will deter criminals and help police gather evidence should the worst happen.” “

Hackney North and Stoke Newington Labor MP Diane Abbott said: “There is a chronic lack of police resources in Hackney and many other inner city areas which is caused by government budget cuts. The promise to restore those cuts has yet to materialize.

“But there is also a question of efficiency because the conviction rate is abominably low. The leadership of the Met and its relationship with the government has come under criticism on many fronts, and this is yet another failure. “

A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police said: “The burglary continues to be a challenge and it remains the case in London. However, we currently have a 32% reduction in burglary offenses compared to the comparative period over the past two years. “

The Met also said its detection rate – how it measures the number of burglaries solved – rose to 4.7% in recent months thanks to metrics including “investing in teams focused on improving cases. initial and secondary burglary and robbery investigations ”and the use of“ a dedicated team responsible for monitoring and investigating forensic findings, for example, fingerprints, DNA and CCTV images “.

“Weeks of action” to target burglars have been taking place since the end of last month.

London burglary hot spots from September 2020 to August 2021

Borough

Number of burglaries

Hackney

2,687

Barnet

2,638

Hamlets of the Tower

2,612

Lambeth

2,448

Southwark

2 426

Wandsworth

2 422

Westminster

2,376

Lewisham

2 297

Haringey

2 278

Enfield

2 136