Scandalous?: Only 6% of burglaries in Harlow have been solved

Politics / Wed 17th Dec 2014 at 10:14am

Chief Constable Steven KavanaghIN a recent report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) Essex Police was criticised for the quality of its investigatory abilities.

Now the results of a freedom of information (FOI) request by YourHarlow may illustrate exactly what they mean by that.

Between April and September 2014, only 6% of all burglaries in Harlow were, what they say in the police as, sanctioned detections, i.e: solved.

The figures are as follows:

Burglary (Dwelling): 194 (20)
Burglary (Other): 146 (3)

Since, YT launched last year, senior police officers in Harlow have told us that, we are “looking at the wrong stats” But it is hard to argue against these figures.

We approached the Essex Chief Constable, Steven Kavanagh at a recent meeting and asked him what he thought of the stats and whether he believed that there may be something systemically wrong in the policing in Harlow.

He said: “No, I do not believe there is something systemically wrong. I have already admitted that we need to do more to improve detection rates, we have taken on board recommendations from HMIC and will do that.”

While some point to drastic cuts in policing as being a cause others have also pointed to other forces that, facing the same cuts, have detection rates for burglary at 40%.

YH spoke to Harlow MP Robert Halfon.

He said: “These figures are very concerning. I am worried that Harlow residents are increasingly losing confidence in the Chief Constable due to the problems we are having with illegal encampments around the town, so I will do all I can to get to the bottom of this issue, including writing urgently to the Chief Constable and Police and Crime Commissioner.

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1 Comment for Scandalous?: Only 6% of burglaries in Harlow have been solved:

2014-12-18 06:38:11

Why do the residents of Harlow receive such a sub standard service? Do they not pay the same as other residents of Essex? First it was the lack of will by the police to enforce the law with regards to the travellers due to cultural sensitivities now this. Does Harlow have a representative on the police and crime panel? Do they get an allowance and have they ever raised concerns? The people of Harlow deserve better!

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