Police set to reveal why crimes remain unsolved

News / Mon 30th Dec 2013 pm31 03:03pm

CRIME statistics are to be overhauled in an attempt to allay public fears that many alleged offences are never properly investigated by police.

The new system will be phased in from the start of the new year in England and Wales.

Policing minister Damian Green told ITN that the revamped crime statistics will demonstrate the hard work the police force does.

Mr Green said: “Recording offences as ‘undetected’ leaves victims feeling neglected and police investigations misunderstood – it does not properly reflect police work and that is why we are scrapping it.

“By introducing new categories, the police will be able to demonstrate the hard work they do and increase public transparency in policing.”

This may be of comfort to Thurrock residents. Earlier this month, YH revealed that in a twelve month period,  84 % of burglaries in Harlow were unsolved. YH further revealed that in October 2013, only two out of 49  burglaries were solved.

Under a newly revamped crime statistics framework, there will be a series of category headings indicating why no action was taken in some cases.

They will include “prosecution prevented” on the grounds that a suspect has been identified but is below the age of criminality or is too ill to stand trial.

Other headings will include “evidential difficulties”, such as a key witness is unable or unwilling to give evidence, and “prosecution not in the public interest”.

Ministers believe the new system might be particularly useful in cases involving allegations of historical sex abuse where the alleged perpetrator has died or is too ill to stand trial, or a key witness does not want to give evidence.

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