Foord calls for action after 57% of burglaries go unsolved across Mid and East Devon

28 May 2024
Richard Foord stood in front of a Police van

Richard Foord has called for action to ensure local burglaries are properly investigated, after new data uncovered by the Liberal Democrats reveals the shocking scale of unsolved burglaries in local areas across England and Wales.

The figures were compiled from a series of Freedom of Information requests by the party, which have broken down unsolved burglaries data by local area.

The number of burglaries that went unsolved across Exeter, East and Mid Devon in 2023 was 57%. Of the 674 cases, 385 had their investigation completed with no suspect identified.

Nationally, official government figures show that nearly 76% of burglaries went unsolved in 2023.

It comes as Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey has announced his aim of a national Burglary Response Guarantee will be part of the party’s manifesto. The party’s proposals would ensure that all domestic burglaries are attended by the police and properly investigated.

Honiton & Sidmouth candidate Richard Foord MP said:

“Too many people across Mid and East Devon are being left feeling unsafe in their own homes because this Conservative Government has spent years decimating frontline policing.

“Victims are being denied justice because Conservative ministers can’t even get the basics right, with over half of all burglaries going unsolved.

“That is why the Liberal Democrats would deliver a Burglary Response Guarantee, to ensure all home burglaries are attended by the police swiftly and are properly investigated.

“People are sick of seeing their local communities plagued by crime and just want to know that when they call 999 they will get the proper help they need.

“The only way to restore frontline community policing is to give the tired and out of touch Conservatives some well-deserved time on the bench.”

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