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Cleveland Police

Volume 406: debated on Wednesday 4 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the clear-up rate was for Cleveland police for (a) burglary of dwellings, (b) violence against the person, (c) vehicle crime, (d) robbery and (e) sexual offences in each year since 1996. [114293]

The requested information is given in the table.

Clear-up/detection rates for Cleveland police
Burglary in a dwellingViolence against in personRobberySexual offences
1 Crime statistics were recorded on a calendar year basis up to 1997 and on a financial year basis thereafter.
2 Percentage cleared up/detected using the expanded coverage and revised counting rules for recorded crime, which came into effect on 1 April 1998.
3 Revised guidance for recording detections was implemented on 1 April 1999.
4 This figure is based on the offences of aggravated vehicle taking, theft from a vehicle, and theft of a motor vehicle.
5 This figure is based on the offences included within 'note 4', plus vehicle interference/tampering, and criminal damage to a vehicle.
6 This figure is based on the offences within 'note 5', plus racially aggravated criminal damage to a vehicle.
There was a change in counting rules for recorded crime on 1 April 1998, which would have the tendency to increase the number of offences counted. Numbers of offences for years before and after this date, and figures calculated from them, may therefore not be directly comparable. There was also a change in counting rules for detections on 1 April 1999. The new instructions provide more precise and rigorous criteria for recording a detection, with the underlying emphasis on the successful result of a police investigation. Numbers of detections before and after this date are therefore not directly comparable.