59% of burglary cases go unsolved in York as Lib Dems call for police response guarantee

28 May 2024
Andrew Hollyer standing by a police van

York’s Liberal Democrats will today (28th May) 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 have broken down unsolved burglaries data by local area. 

The number of burglaries that went unsolved in York in 2023 was 59%. 

Of the 666 cases, 391 had their investigation completed with no suspect identified. 

Nationally, official government figures show that nearly 76% of burglaries went unsolved in 2023. 

It comes as Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey has announced his plans to include a Burglary Response Guarantee in his party’s manifesto. The party’s proposals would ensure that all domestic burglaries are attended by the police and properly investigated. 

Commenting, Liberal Democrat Andrew Hollyer for York Outer said: 

“Too many families in York 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.”

 Adding to this, Liberal Democrat Alan Page for York Central said: 

"York Central residents are fed up with the Labour Party that has taken them for granted on crime and antisocial behaviour for years.

"Labour's decision locally to cut funding for Youth Support Workers to help deal with the root cause of crime in the constituency no doubt has lead to more incidences of crime.

"Only with the Liberal Democrats will York's residents have a guarantee that all home burglaries are properly investigated by the police."

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