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Detection Rates

Volume 469: debated on Monday 10 December 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the clear-up rate for recorded offences in each police district in England and Wales was in each year since 1997. (166809)

The information requested is given in the table.

Detection rates for all recorded crimes, by police force area from 1997 to 2006-07

Percentage

1997

1997-981

1998-992

1999-003

2000-013

2001-02

2002-034,5

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

Avon and Somerset

26

26

24

22

22

14

15

15

17

23

24

Bedfordshire

35

35

33

25

27

25

26

23

28

25

22

British Transport Police

15

16

17

20

24

Cambridgeshire

27

28

29

25

24

22

22

23

23

27

25

Cheshire

36

34

37

31

30

26

26

27

26

27

27

Cleveland

25

23

23

22

21

20

23

21

24

30

31

Cumbria

40

41

44

39

34

32

31

32

30

35

36

Derbyshire

25

26

31

28

26

25

26

25

28

27

26

Devon and Cornwall

32

34

36

35

34

32

29

29

30

28

27

Dorset

29

30

31

26

25

27

25

26

28

30

30

Durham

31

30

33

32

34

33

34

29

29

27

30

Dyfed-Powys

61

62

69

65

63

64

68

47

43

45

45

Essex

27

28

29

30

26

26

27

28

27

31

33

Gloucestershire

24

26

31

31

31

30

29

28

27

32

33

Greater Manchester

20

20

25

23

22

21

22

22

23

25

25

Gwent

51

51

55

53

57

55

48

45

42

36

33

Hampshire

30

30

35

32

29

29

30

27

28

24

23

Hertfordshire

32

33

34

27

24

24

23

25

29

26

29

Humberside

20

21

22

19

21

20

20

19

20

23

25

Kent

31

31

34

33

28

28

28

25

23

26

26

Lancashire

29

29

34

29

27

26

27

27

30

32

35

Leicestershire

34

34

34

30

28

28

27

22

25

30

28

Lincolnshire

48

46

40

28

25

27

23

22

25

26

28

London, City of

26

28

33

32

27

34

36

33

36

43

39

Merseyside

31

31

31

26

28

24

25

27

30

28

29

Metropolitan Police

26

25

22

16

15

14

14

15

21

24

21

Norfolk

37

36

37

30

26

25

24

26

28

31

30

Northamptonshire

35

35

33

33

33

31

28

28

29

25

26

Northumbria

26

26

30

31

31

31

31

30

29

35

40

North Wales

34

36

43

36

31

28

29

33

42

43

48

North Yorkshire

26

26

33

31

30

26

26

28

35

35

33

Nottinghamshire

28

26

25

21

20

18

16

18

20

22

23

South Wales

36

36

39

31

32

33

29

29

29

26

25

South Yorkshire

29

32

32

25

25

23

21

24

26

27

26

Staffordshire

35

34

32

22

23

24

31

33

35

35

35

Suffolk

37

39

41

36

35

33

34

33

32

30

31

Surrey

33

35

40

32

28

25

22

22

26

25

30

Sussex

26

26

25

25

23

25

24

24

25

30

31

Thames Valley

24

25

25

20

22

24

25

23

26

28

25

Warwickshire

27

29

26

22

22

25

26

25

27

25

27

West Mercia

28

27

34

29

27

28

33

31

34

34

34

West Midlands

24

25

30

27

28

29

26

25

23

26

27

West Yorkshire

27

27

27

25

23

19

20

20

25

28

29

Wiltshire

32

32

38

33

30

30

28

28

29

32

26

Total

28

28

29

25

24

23

23

23

26

27

27

1 The number of crimes recorded in that financial year using the coverage and rules in use until 31 March 1998.

2 The number of crimes recorded in that financial year using the expanded offence coverage and revised counting rules which came into effect on 1 April 1998.

3 Revised detections guidance was implemented on 1 April 1999.

4 The National Crime Recording Standard was introduced in April 2002. Figures before and after that date are not directly comparable.

5 Includes the British Transport Police from 2002-03 onwards.

Note:

The overall detection rate remained broadly stable between 2001-02 and 2003-04. It then rose to reach 27 per cent. in 2005-06 and 2006-07. However, the overall detection rate has been affected by forces limiting the usage of non-sanction detections i.e. where a crime is detected but no further action is taken for a variety of reasons.