FRESH questions have been raised over how police deal with burglaries as it emerged as many as four out of five Leeds break ins go unsolved and only one in 15 result in a charge or summons.
An analysis of recent Home Office data showed forces in England and Wales closed 80.2 per cent of investigations into break-ins without identifying a suspect in 2014/15 while just 6.6 per cent led to a charge or summons.
West Yorkshire reported marginally better figures than the national average with a suspect identified in 22 per cent of cases and 8 per cent resulting in a charge or summons. Dwelling burglary rates fell 1.4 per cent between 2013/14 and 2014/15.
But Assistant Chief Constable Russ Foster of West Yorkshire Police, said: “Clearly these numbers are too low and as a force we are working to improve the way we investigate offences, ID offenders and detect offences.”
A spokesman for the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson, said reducing the number of burglaries and improving detection rates were key priorities.
He added: “Burglary rates have recently been falling but that does not mean that the police are in any way complacent and further progress and work is needed. That is why the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner is working to understand the difficulties around burglary detection rates and how best to overcome them.”
Leeds suffered an uneviable reputation as a burglary hotspot for many years with Chestnut Avenue in Hyde Park often refered to as the most burgled street in England.