Figures show 1,735 burglaries had cases closed on the same day due to ‘no suspects identified’
BY ELEANOR DAVIS
So far in 2015/16, 5,622 cases have been closed on the same date they were recorded
More than half of burglaries and bicycle thefts in Surrey are being closed as unsolved on the same day they are recorded.
Figures from Surrey Police show 1,735 non-household burglaries were given an outcome of ‘investigation complete – no suspect identified’ on the same date they were recorded as crimes in 2014/15.
That is around half (52%) of the total number, 3,325, according to figures released following a Freedom of Information request.
The “no suspect identified” outcome is used when the crime has been investigated as far as reasonably possible and forces said it could be assigned soon after the crime was recorded, due to investigations taking place beforehand.
Cases can also be re-opened at a later date.
For vehicle offences in Surrey, 2,122 were listed as having no suspect on the same date they were recorded, around 55% of the total, while for bicycle thefts it was 584, or around 59% of the total.
Figures likely to stay same
There were 3,414 cases of criminal damage closed in a day with no suspect, and 126 thefts from a person.
In total, 11,423 cases were closed by Surrey Police with an outcome of “investigation complete” on the same date they were recorded in 2014/15, around 23% of all crimes recorded.
The number of cases with this outcome is likely to be similar next year, based on figures up to September 2015.
In the first six months of 2015/16, 5,622 cases have been closed on the same date they were recorded with no suspect.
A spokesman from Surrey Police said: “Each report to Surrey Police is considered on a case-by-case basis and will be assessed to establish if there are any active lines of enquiry which can be followed up – such as CCTV footage, forensic evidence or identified suspects.
“Any identified lines of enquiry will be investigated.
However, we have to ensure that we make the best use of available resources and unfortunately if there are no realistic lines of enquiry some crimes may be filed pending new information coming to light.”
Hundreds of job cuts
The Policing in Your Neighbourhood programme, launched by outgoing Chief Constable Lynne Owens, could lead to hundreds of job cuts and the spokesman said the force is re-focusing services to protect vulnerable people from issues such as domestic abuse, cyber-crime and child sexual exploitation based on the changing nature of crime.
“Over recent years reports of burglary and vehicle crime offences have reduced across the county and it is vital that the force carries out further detailed planning to direct our resources to the areas where they are most needed,” a spokesman said.
Anyone wishing to report an offence should call 101, or online at my.surrey.police.uk/splonlinereportingweb.
Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 and for details on keeping your property safe visit www.immobilise.com.