SPECIAL REPORT: 127,819 unsolved crimes in Northamptonshire since 2010

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Northamptonshire Police have failed to solve almost 128,000 crimes since 2010.

The number of ‘undetected’ crimes in the past four years included 572 rapes, 10,978 burglaries, 3,056 vehicle thefts, 1,258 arsons and more than 16,000 violent crimes.

The figures also included 1,581 robberies, 1,107 sexual offences, 220 drug possession offences and 159 cases of drugs trafficking.

The total number of unsolved crimes for each

year showed a downward trend.

In 2010 there were a total of 36,594 undetected crimes. In 2011 there were 35,517 and in 2012 there were 35,574. Last year there were 29,415 unsolved crimes and there were 6,055 in the first four months of this year.

The statistics were released following a freedom of information request to Northamptonshire Police.

They showed that, out of 43 police forces in England and Wales, the force sat 22nd in terms of the number of crimes it solves.

In a statement, Detective Superintendent Ivan Balhatchet, head of crime investigation, for Northamptonshire Police said: “While Northamptonshire Police recognises there is still work to be done here, the figures need to be set against a steadily improving performance in the past three years.

“We are now currently 22nd nationally in terms of solving crime and therefore broadly in line with other forces.

“Last year (2013-14) saw the resolved rate for overall crime reach almost 30 per cent (29.7 per cent), the highest rate since 2003-04 when the data first became available.

“Similarly, resolution rates for rape (17.5 per cent) are better than the previous year, resolution rates for domestic burglaries are at their highest rate for three years (14.2 per cent) – almost double that of the previous year – while the resolution rates for theft from vehicles is 7.6 per cent, again the highest rate for three years.

“Crucially, victim satisfaction has been growing steadily and is now at its highest-ever level with almost 85 per cent of people surveyed agreeing the police deal with local concerns and things that matter in their communities,” he added.

“We are working alongside Adam Simmonds, the Police and Crime Commissioner, and his police and crime plan with its aim to bring about a 40 per cent cut in violent crime

by 2016 and to provide a

better service for victims generally through the Victims’ Voice.

“A new outcomes framework will allow us to understand those crimes where investigations will never result in a resolution because the offender is too young or too ill, there are evidential difficulties or the victim no longer wants us to proceed.

“These crimes will never be able to receive a resolution and remain undetected,” he said.

“Some of the crimes which are shown as undetected from previous years may have been undetected because of these reasons, but could not be captured in previous years.

“Finally, it’s important to note that alongside the steadily improving trend for solving crimes, overall offending across the board – including violence, burglary and sexual offences – is falling.

“Our focus in the year ahead will be to continue to achieve further significant progress and help bring about our aim to become the safest place in the country,” he explained.

The full list of unsolved crimes since 2010 are as follows:

Arson: 1,258

Bicycle theft: 4,139

Criminal damage: 29,533

Domestic burglary: 10,399

Drug possession: 220

Drug trafficking: 159

Fraud and forgery: 4,635

Misc crimes against society: 543

Non-domestic burglary: 10,579

‘Other’ theft: 21,796

Other sexual offences: 1,107

Possession of weapons: 100

Public disorder: 903

Rape: 572

Robbery of business

property: 171

Robbery of personal property: 1,411

Shoplifting: 5,317

Theft from motor vehicle: 11,102

Theft from the person: 2,662

Theft of motor vehicle: 3,056

Vehicle interference: 1,384

Violence with injury: 8,455

Violence without injury: 8,313

Total: 127,819