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Crime: Bedfordshire

Volume 457: debated on Tuesday 6 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the police detection rates were for all recorded crimes in Bedfordshire, in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement. (124507)

The requested information for total detection rates are given in the following tables.

Table A: Detection rates for Bedfordshire police force area, 1997

Percentage

Detection rate

1997

35

Note:

Police crime statistics were recorded on a calendar year basis up to 1997 and thereafter on a financial year basis.

Table B: Detection rates for Bedfordshire police force area, 1998-99 to 2001-02

Percentage

Detection rate

1998-99

33

1999-2000

25

2000-01

27

2001-02

25

Note:

An expanded offence coverage and revised set of counting rules were introduced in April 1998. Figures recorded before and after this date are therefore not directly comparable.

Table C: Detection rates for Bedfordshire police force area, 2002-03 to 2005-06PercentageDetection rate2002-03262003-04232004-05282005-0625 Notes:1. Numbers of recorded crime were affected by changes in reporting and recording following the introduction of the National Crime Recording Standard (NCRS) in April 2002. These data are not comparable with earlier years.2. As from 2005-06, the published detections rates by police force area are based on ‘sanction’ detections only (these consist of detections by charge or summons, caution, reprimand or final warning, offence taken into consideration, penalty notice for disorder, formal warning for cannabis possession). Non-sanction detections rates have been found to vary widely between forces with some now recording very few non-sanction detections. The published overall ‘sanction detection rate’ for Bedfordshire in 2005-06 is 21 per cent.