Police blame a lack of CCTV for failing to find any suspects in 90% of West Midlands Burglaries
West Midlands Police is the worst force in the country when it comes to the number of residential burglary investigations that close without them finding any suspects.
Figures released from the Home Office show that in the 12 months to the end of March, police gave up in 9 out of 10 burglaries across the West Midlands because they couldn't identify any suspects.
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Concerningly, figures suggest burglaries across the West Midlands region are on the rise. Looking at monthly data from June 2018 and comparing it to the same period last year, the figures show that on average, the recorded incidents of Burglary have increased by 7.27%.
Officers say that their job is being made difficult because of a lack of CCTV evidence or witnesses. Budget cuts and staff shortages are also being blamed. West Midlands Police say they always follow evidence but in 9 out of 10 burglaries they draw a blank.
A Home Office spokesman said: “We expect the police to take all reports of crime seriously, to investigate and to bring the offenders to court so that they can receive appropriate punishment.
“However we recognise that crime is changing and police demand is becoming increasingly complex. That is why we have provided a strong and comprehensive £13bn funding settlement to ensure the police have the resources they need to carry out their vital work.”