Skip to main content

Burglary

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many business premises were burgled in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years; how many persons were convicted of burglaries in each year; and what average sentence they received. (207742)

Table 1 gives the number of non-domestic burglary offences recorded from 2003-04 to 2007-08. Table 2 gives the number of convictions, the number sentenced to immediate custody and the average custodial sentence length (in months) for all burglary offences.

It is not possible to give the total number of convictions for burglary offences that related to burglary of a business as the court conviction datasets do not specify this information in relation to the type of premises/building involved. It is only possible to give the number of convictions for those offences which refer to a non-dwelling, figures for which are documented in table 3.

Conviction data cover the calendar years 2002 to 2006 (the latest available years) and are collated on the principal offence rule; so only the most serious offence with which an offender is charged is included.

Recorded crime data cannot be routinely reconciled with prosecution and conviction data as the former relates to the number of offences whereas the latter relates to the number of offenders brought before the courts. In addition, recorded crime data denote each offence as it has been initially recorded and this may differ from the offence for which a suspect or suspects are subsequently proceeded against in the courts.

Table 1: number of non-domestic burglary offences recorded 2003-04—2007-08

Number recorded

2003-04

7,317

2004-05

5,965

2005-06

5,472

2006-07

4,630

2007-08

4,874

Source:

PSNI Central Statistics Unit

Table 2: number convicted of all burglary offences, the number sentenced to immediate custody and the average custodial sentence length (in months) 2002-06

Number convicted

Number sentenced to immediate custody

Number for which sentence length data are available1

Average custodial sentence length (months)

2002

595

249

236

7.6

2003

602

291

275

9.0

2004

620

272

268

11.1

2005

557

265

256

11.3

2006

532

237

229

12.2

1 The difference in the number sentenced to immediate custody and number for which sentencing data are available relates to the number sentenced to Juvenile Justice Centre orders. Data on sentence lengths for this type of disposal are not available. In 2006, there is one additional offender for whom the sentence length is not available.

Source:

NIO Statistics and Research Branch

Table 3: number convicted of burglary in a non-dwelling, the number sentenced to immediate custody and the average custodial sentence length (in months) 2002-06

Number convicted

Number sentenced to immediate custody

Number for which sentence length data are available1

Average custodial sentence length (months)

2002

295

118

113

6.5

2003

290

131

121

7.8

2004

285

118

115

8.0

2005

217

83

78

7.9

2006

225

90

86

8.8

1 The difference in the number sentenced to immediate custody and number for which sentencing data are available relates to the number sentenced to Juvenile Justice Centre orders. Data on sentence lengths for this type of disposal are not available.

Source:

NIO Statistics and Research Branch