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Burglary: Merseyside

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 3 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of property crime was attributable to the misuse of class A drugs in Merseyside in each year since 1997. (251345)

No annual estimates are made of the levels of property crime attributable to the misuse of class A drugs in Merseyside.

Research evidence does indicate that a large proportion of acquisitive crime is related to drug use. Published research shows that arrestees who regularly use heroin or crack cocaine are far more likely to have committed acquisitive crimes in the last 12 months than those who do not.

Source:

Table 5.4 Home Office Statistical Bulletin 12/07.

The estimated number of problem drug users (heroin and/or crack cocaine) for areas in Merseyside is in the range of:

Number

Liverpool

5,675-7,541

Knowsley

1,351-1,858

Sefton

1,683-2,650

St. Helens

1,253-1,677

Wirral

3,179-4,439

The following tables provide the figures for the number of property crimes recorded by Merseyside police from 1997 to 2007-08.

Table 1: Property offences recorded by Merseyside police 1997

Number

1997

112,732

Table 2: Property offences recorded by Merseyside police 1998-99 to 2001-02

Number

1998-99

117,891

1999-2000

123,484

2000-01

117,396

2001-02

124,455

Table 3: Property offences recorded by Merseyside police 2002-03 to 2007-08

Number

2002-03

128,655

2003-04

131,323

2004-05

125,763

2005-06

122,614

2006-07

114,124

Notes:

1. ‘Property crime’ comprises the following main offence groups: burglary; offences against vehicles; other theft offences; fraud and forgery; criminal damage.

2. Figures in table 2 are not directly comparable with that in table 1 as the offence coverage was extended and counting rules revised from 1998-99.

3. The data in table 3 takes account of the introduction of the National Crime Recording Standard (NCRS) in April 2002. These figures are not directly comparable with those for earlier years.

Sources:

Estimates of the prevalence of heroin and/ or crack cocaine use—North West region:

http://www.nta.nhs.uk/areas/facts_and_figures/prevalence_data/docs/0607/North_West_Prevalence_data_0607doc.pdf

The Arrestee Survey 2003-06:

http://www. homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs07/hosb1207.pdf