The figures, from official Home Office statistics, show that in 2022/2023, a total of 47,232 burglaries in the City of London and Metropolitan London were closed without a suspect being identified, accounting for respectively 64% and 82% of all cases. Meanwhile, just 9% of the City of London's burglaries and 6% of Metropolitan London burglaries resulted in a suspect being charged or summonsed.
The national figures paint a similarly dire picture. Across England and Wales, nearly 77% of all burglaries went unsolved in that same time period.
The Cities of Westminster and London Liberal Democrats have slammed the Government for these figures. Since 2015, the Conservatives have taken over 4,000 Police Community Support Officers off the streets. And as of last year, just 12% of officers across England and Wales were assigned to frontline neighbourhood policing teams.
The Liberal Democrats are calling for a return to proper community policing, where officers are trusted and visible in their neighbourhoods, with the time and resources to focus on tackling local crimes like burglaries. The party is also calling for a new “Burglary Response Guarantee” under which all domestic burglaries would be attended by the police and properly investigated.
Commenting, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for the Cities of London and Westminster, Edward Lucas, said:
“Everyone deserves to feel safe and secure in their own homes. But under this terrible Government, so many burglars are getting off scot-free. These figures will bring little comfort to families and pensioners in the Cities of London and Westminster.
“It’s a disgrace that our local communities are paying the price for the Conservative Government’s failures to get tough on burglaries.
“The Conservatives must finally bring back proper community policing and back the Liberal Democrats Burglary Response Guarantee so all burglaries are attended by the police. It’s the only way to reverse these shocking figures.”