10th August, 2015
Housebreaking is a serious crime
Victims of housebreakings can be left feeling frightened and on edge long after the crime has been committed.
Every sound, every creek they hear during the night can raise alarm bells that another intruder may have entered their home.
It is of real importance therefore that the perpetrators of this crime are brought to justice. Worryingly, however, figures released last week, show that many across the country are not being caught.
In Inverclyde 85% of housebreakings (including attempts) committed in 2014/15 have not been solved. That represents 307 out of 361.
The data also shows that were you live can determine the likelihood of the crime being investigated.
For example, in Inverclyde South 91% of housebreakings are unsolved compared to 68% in the South West Ward.
A failure to catch burglars will only encourage these criminals to commit further break-ins.
Moreover, it will serve to lessen the public’s faith in the justice system and discourage people from reporting crimes.
I will be seeking a meeting with the local police commander to establish the reasons behind the poor detections rates and the significant discrepancies between council wards.
My feeling is that that many police officers are doing the best with the resources given to them.
Ever since Police Scotland was established by the Scottish Government there have been numerous stories about police being stuck behind desks taking over the work of support staff that have been laid off.
Whatever the explanation it is clear action needs to be taken. Housebreaking is a serious crime and it must be treated as such.