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Crimes of Violence

Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) burglaries, (b) violent crimes and (c) thefts were reported in the Metropolitan Police Force area in each of the last 10 years; and what the detection rate in each such year was. (248063)

The available information relates to offences recorded by the police and is given in the following tables.

A number of changes have been made to recorded crime in response to suggestions in the two reviews of crime statistics. One such change is that the term ‘violent crime’ is no longer used in connection with the recorded crime statistics and we now provide figures for violence against the person.

It should be noted that non-sanction detections that contribute to the percentage change in detection rates have fallen in recent years reflecting a significant shift by many police forces away from recording detections of crime where no further action is taken. For this reason overall detections over time are not fully comparable. From 1 April 2007 the rules governing recording of non-sanction detections were revised to reduce the scope within which they can be claimed to a very limited set of circumstances.

Table 1: Number of offences recorded and detection rates for selected offences in the Metropolitan Police area—1998-99 to 2001-021

Burglary

Violence against the person

Theft offences2

Financial year

Number of offences

Detection rate (percentage)

Number of offences

Detection rate (percentage)

Number of offences

Detection rate (percentage)

1998-99

123,861

13

131,549

44

383,665

14

1999-2000

129,145

10

156,880

31

426,235

10

2000-01

112,375

10

155,263

28

415,148

9

2001-02

116,026

10

161,351

26

443,523

9

1 The data in this table are prior to the introduction of the National Crime Recording Standard. These figures are not directly comparable with those for later years.

2 Includes offences against vehicles and other thefts.

Table 2: Number of offences recorded and detection rates for selected offences in the Metropolitan Police area—2002-03 to 2007-081

Burglary

Violence against the person

Theft offences2

Financial year

Number of offences

Detection rate (percentage)

Number of offences

Detection rate (percentage)

Number of offences

Detection rate (percentage)

2002-03

113,427

13

178,782

24

463,665

8

2003-04

105,361

12

186,187

26

448,818

8

2004-05

101,474

13

201,923

43

412,264

10

2005-06

103,510

15

197,262

45

400,387

11

2006-07

96,728

16

182,354

31

365,714

10

2007-08

93,894

13

172,741

36

332,156

12

1 The data in this table take account of the introduction of the National Crime Recording Standard in April 2002. These figures are not directly comparable with those for earlier years.

2 Includes offences against vehicles and other thefts.