27 May 2024 – today’s press releases

  • 92% of burglary cases go unsolved in some areas as Lib Dems call for police response guarantee
  • Fining parents will lead to “national service tax”

92% of burglary cases go unsolved in some areas as Lib Dems call for police response guarantee

  • Ed Davey warns “too many families now feel unsafe in their own homes” as new figures show some areas see over nine in ten burglary cases go unsolved
  • Liberal Democrats will call for Burglary Response Guarantee in manifesto to ensure all domestic burglaries are attended by a police officer
  • At least 85% of burglary cases went unsolved in Michael Gove’s local area of Surrey Heath and Jeremy Hunt’s in Waverley

The Liberal Democrats will tomorrow announce their plans for a Burglary Response Guarantee, as new data uncovered by the party reveals the shocking scale of unsolved burglaries in local areas across England and Wales.

The figures were compiled from a series of Freedom of Information requests by the party, which for the first time have broken down unsolved burglaries data by local area. 33 of 43 police forces across England and Wales provided full responses with data provided for 329 local areas.

Official government figures show that nearly 76% of burglaries went unsolved in 2023. However, the new Liberal Democrat figures expose a disturbing postcode lottery, with some local areas seeing even worse outcomes than the national average. Elmbridge – home to Dominic Raab’s constituency of Esher and Walton – had the worst record in the country, with a staggering 92% of burglaries going unsolved in 2023. 91% of burglaries went unsolved in South Cambridgeshire, while 90% of cases went unsolved in Runnymede in Surrey.

Others in the top ten worst areas for solving burglaries include Michael Gove’s local council of Surrey Heath (85% unsolved) and the Chancellor Jeremy Hunt’s local council of Waverley (88%). Meanwhile, just 4% of burglaries went unsolved in Northwich, Cheshire, the best record in the country.

Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey will today announce his plans to include a Burglary Response Guarantee in his party’s manifesto, on a campaign visit to the North West. The party’s proposals would ensure that all domestic burglaries are attended by the police and properly investigated. It comes after previous FOI research by the party found that 20% of domestic burglaries are still going unattended, despite the Conservative government’s claim that police are meeting their commitment to attend every home burglary.

Commenting, Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey said:

Too many families now feel unsafe in their own homes because this Conservative Government has decimated frontline policing for too long.

Victims are being denied justice because Conservative ministers can’t even get the basics right on solving crime. That is why the Liberal Democrats would deliver a Burglary Response Guarantee, to ensure all home burglaries are attended by the police and properly investigated.

People are sick of seeing their local communities plagued by crime and just want this appalling Conservative government to be kicked out of office. In so many parts of the country, we have shown that it is the Liberal Democrats who can beat the Conservatives and deliver the change that the country is crying out for.

Fining parents will lead to “national service tax”

Responding to the Conservative’s failure to rule out fining parents whose children don’t take part in their National Service Scheme, Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader Daisy Cooper MP said:

Not content with crashing the economy and sending mortgages spiralling, now the Conservatives want to fine parents whose children don’t take part in their hare-brained scheme.

Rishi Sunak wants to clobber families with a National Service tax.

It just shows the Conservative Party is totally out of touch and deserves to be kicked out of office.

The Liberal Democrats would reverse Conservative cuts to the army, recruiting the professional soldiers our armed forces need to keep the country safe.

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One Comment

  • I think the national service nonsense is the wordy idea since Brexit, not least because of the chaos it will cause 18 year olds who are maybe also trying to study, or get to grips with a first job. The empty air about skills learning is laughable, apart from the select 30,000 chosen for the battlefield (Schapps gave that game away) the rest will be spending a weekend a month shoving barrows or lifting stretchers, presumably. That’s not going to be easy if you are also in full time study or worse, maybe, work.

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