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311 burglaries in West Midlands go unsolved every week, Lib Dems reveal

by Ian Shires on 29 April, 2022

Only one in 10 burglaries solved by West Midlands Police | Express & Star

The Liberal Democrats have slammed the Conservative Government for being soft on crime, as they reveal that 86.1% of burglaries in West Midlands went unsolved by the police last year.

Analysis by the Liberal Democrats of new Home Office figures show that 18.803 burglary cases were closed by West Midlands police in 2021, but in 16,188 of them no suspect was identified. That equates to 311 unsolved local burglaries every week.

The figures show that just 4% of local burglaries (749) resulted in a suspect being charged.

Ahead of the local elections on Thursday 5th May, the Liberal Democrats are calling for a return to proper community policing across the country.

Stuart Hodges, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Willenhall said: 

“Crime is soaring on the Conservatives’ watch. They are soft on crime and letting far too many criminals get away with it. As a result, too many people’s lives in Willenhall are being ruined by burglaries.

“The Conservative Government are taking local people for granted and making communities in Willenhall less safe. A vote for the Liberal Democrats at these elections is a vote to send a message that enough is enough.

“Liberal Democrats are working hard to make Willenhall safe and help residents feel safe too. We need a return to proper community policing, where officers are visible, trusted and focused on cutting crime.”

Notes to editors:

The Home Office’s latest Police recorded crime and outcomes open data tables are available here.

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