Daniel Wainwright & Paul Bradshaw
- 18 July 2017
- From the sect
More than two thirds of police investigations into thefts and burglaries have been closed with no suspect ever being identified.
The BBC analysed some 18 million crimes over a five-year period across 43 police forces in England and Wales.
Charity Victim Support said victims should be able to review police decisions not to investigate crimes.
Police say they follow up all evidence but had “limited resources” and had to prioritise.
BBC England’s data unit compiled the figures between 2012 and 2016 from the official police data website, which goes into greater detail than the published crime statistics. The investigation focussed on crime cases that were closed because no suspect had been identified.
- Some 75% of all bicycle thefts and more than two thirds of burglaries, vehicle crime and other types of theft saw their investigations closed with no suspect identified.
- It was the same for about two thirds of criminal damage and arson and more than 60% of robberies.
- Drug crimes, sexual offences and violent crimes had a lower rate.
One force has resubmitted its data after analysis showed it had some of the highest rates of unsolved crimes. Surrey Police stressed its figures were in line with the national average.
Victim Support spokeswoman Rachel Almeida said: “It is imperative the police explore every avenue when investigating a crime.
“It is also vital that decisions made by the police about investigations, and the reasoning behind their decisions, are clearly and fully communicated with victims so they do not feel they have been left in the dark.”