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Crime: Detection Rates

Volume 464: debated on Monday 15 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the detection rate was in 2006-07 for (a) theft and handling stolen goods, (b) fraud and forgery, (c) criminal damage, (d) violence against the person, (e) sexual offences, (f) robbery and (g) all violent crime, calculated by the methodology used to calculate the figures presented in Table 7.03 of Crime in England and Wales 2004-05. (156589)

The information requested is given in the table and relates to all detections for recorded crime. The Home Office now concentrates on publishing detections data in terms of sanction detections rather than all detections. Sanction detections provide a more meaningful comparison of individual force performance and some forces have made a policy decision to significantly limit their use of non-sanction detections in recent years.

A number of changes have also been made in response to suggestions in the two reviews of crime statistics. One such change is that for police recorded crime there are separate violence against the person, sexual offences and robbery categories but these is no longer a combined total 'violent crime' category.

Recorded crime: Detection rate percentages by offence group, police force area and region 2006-07

Percentage

Theft and handling stolen goods

Fraud and forgery

Criminal damage

Violence against the person

Sexual offence

Robbery

Cleveland

25

41

14

63

44

23

Durham

21

45

16

64

44

30

Northumbria

35

61

21

70

44

31

North East Region

29

54

18

67

44

28

Cheshire

21

26

13

52

33

26

Cumbria

28

44

18

64

46

34

Greater Manchester

16

30

12

55

34

19

Lancashire

29

30

20

61

43

39

Merseyside

21

19

11

55

40

20

North West Region

20

28

14

57

38

21

Humberside

18

27

13

49

26

19

North Yorkshire

21

49

19

70

44

26

South Yorkshire

21

27

12

54

33

30

West Yorkshire

22

30

16

54

32

28

Yorkshire and the Humber

21

30

15

54

32

27

Derbyshire

18

33

15

49

29

22

Leicestershire

21

19

15

47

27

25

Lincolnshire

21

35

13

57

30

26

Northamptonshire

20

27

14

60

43

19

Nottinghamshire

14

24

13

54

41

14

East Midlands Region

18

26

14

52

34

19

Staffordshire

24

33

18

65

34

25

Warwickshire

18

29

14

58

29

18

West Mercia

26

45

17

65

34

31

West Midlands

19

30

13

47

30

20

West Midlands Region

21

33

15

54

31

21

Bedfordshire

15

25

13

51

34

12

Cambridgeshire

17

36

11

55

24

18

Essex

24

28

19

69

36

24

Hertfordshire

20

27

14

57

34

25

Norfolk

23

47

14

56

33

16

Suffolk

19

33

16

65

38

27

Eastern Region

20

31

15

60

33

20

London, City of

20

63

32

66

29

20

Metropolitan Police

10

16

12

31

28

14

London Region

11

16

12

31

28

14

Hampshire

15

18

10

44

25

27

Kent

20

30

16

49

29

18

Surrey

17

63

15

59

40

32

Sussex

19

37

17

57

30

21

Thames Valley

15

18

15

49

26

20

South East Region

17

29

14

50

28

22

Avon and Somerset

17

27

13

42

26

19

Devon and Cornwall

20

39

14

48

28

22

Dorset

19

42

16

57

38

27

Gloucestershire

31

29

17

56

30

30

Wiltshire

18

29

14

55

27

16

South West Region

20

32

14

49

29

21

Dyfed-Powys

29

60

25

66

38

43

Gwent

24

27

16

63

37

22

North Wales

36

51

26

82

35

34

South Wales

16

29

13

54

33

27

Wales

22

38

18

65

35

27

England and Wales

18

28

15

51

32

18