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Burglary

Volume 506: debated on Tuesday 2 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the rate of recovery has been of items stolen in reported incidents of aggravated burglary in each of the last five years; (315455)

(2) what proportion of reports of aggravated burglary to the police have resulted in (a) an arrest of a suspect and (b) a conviction in each of the last five years;

(3) how many incidents of aggravated burglary there were in (a) the Ribble Valley, (b) Lancashire and (c) England and Wales in each of the last five years.

[holding answer 4 February 2010]: Statistics in relation to recovery rates for items stolen is not collected centrally.

In relation to part (a) of the second question, the arrests collection held by the Home Office covers arrests for recorded crime broken down by offence group eg violence against the person, sexual offences, burglary etc. Data for component offences within each offence group is not available and therefore data on arrests for aggravated burglary cannot be provided.

Referring to part (b) of the second question, the number of people found guilty at all courts for ‘aggravated burglary’, England and Wales 2004 to 2008, the latest available, is given in table 1. Court proceedings data for 2009 are planned for publication in the autumn, 2010.

The available information for the third question relates to offences recorded by the police and is given in table 2.

Table 1: Number of defendants found guilty at all courts for aggravated burglary1, England and Wales 2004 to 20082, 3, 4

Found guilty

2004

284

2005

245

2006

248

2007

264

2008

292

1 Includes the following offences:

i. Aggravated burglary in a dwelling.

ii. Aggravated burglary in a building other than a dwelling.

2 The figures given in the table relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences it is the offence for which the heaviest penalty is imposed. Where the same disposal is imposed for two or more offences, the offence selected is the offence for which the statutory maximum penalty is the most severe.

3 Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.

4 Excludes convictions data for Cardiff magistrates court for April, July, and August 2008.

Source:

Justice Statistics Analytical Services in the Ministry of Justice 080-10

Table 2: Recorded offences of ‘aggravated burglary’ from 2004-05 to 2008-09

Area

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

Aggravated burglary in a dwelling1

Ribble Valley CDRP3

0

0

1

1

3

Lancashire PFA4

82

76

72

72

34

England and Wales

2,538

2,162

1,806

1,572

1,455

Aggravated burglary in a building other than a dwelling2

Ribble Valley CDRP3

0

1

0

0

0

Lancashire PFA4

1

7

8

9

2

England and Wales

453

356

279

214

182

1 Domestic burglary.

2 Non-domestic burglary.

3 Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership.

4 Police force area.