82% of burglary cases go unsolved in Waltham Forest as Lib Dems call for police response guarantee

28 May 2024
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On 28 May Waltham Forest Liberal Democrats announced 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.

Of the 1,409 burglaries in Waltham Forest in 2023, 1,161 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.

Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Walthamstow, Rebecca Taylor, said:

“Too many families in Waltham Forest 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 as well as funding the police sufficiently which the Conservatives have failed to do.”

“People are sick of seeing their local communities plagued by crime and just want this appalling Conservative government to be kicked out of office.”

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