Police chiefs are to be told to send officers to every report of a break-in as part of new blitz on burglary
- Chief Constable Andy Marsh said it is the ‘right thing’ to attend every break-in
- Mr Marsh said house visits reduced burglaries and discourage targeted raids
- A police review found that detection rates have almost halved in seven years
Police chiefs across Britain will be urged to send officers to every burglary, the head of police training has promised.
College of Policing boss, Chief Constable Andy Marsh, has vowed to write to every chief constable and crime commissioner, insisting it was ‘the right thing’ to attend every break-in.
Mr Marsh said that evidence showed that house visits reduced burglaries and discouraged raiders from targeting the same area more than once.
His comments come after Scotland Yard’s new commissioner, Sir Mark Rowley, announced that his officers would attend every domestic raid in an unprecedented blitz on burglary.
Mr Marsh said that evidence showed that house visits reduced burglaries and discouraged raiders from targeting the same area more than once
Sir Mark warned courts across the capital to brace themselves for a massive surge in cases – as he instructs officers to take burglars, robbers and wanted suspects off the streets in a 100-day crackdown.
And Mr Marsh – who was the chief constable at Hampshire and Avon and Somerset constabularies before his appointment last summer – echoed the need to prioritise burglaries, arguing that the same approach should be rolled out across the UK.
Speaking at the Police Foundation’s John Harris memorial lecture in central London on Wednesday, he said: ‘This week I will be writing to all chief constables and police and crime commissioners setting out the evidence about what works to cut crime and prevent burglary. And actually there is evidence that turning up and conducting house-to-house [inquiries] reveals evidence you might not otherwise find.
‘There is evidence that if your house is burgled then a house within four metres of you becomes much more likely to be burgled in the next two weeks. And you are not going to prevent that unless you do house-to-house reassurance and gather evidence.’
A Police Foundation Strategic review found that detection rates have almost halved in seven years
Victims of burglary often suffered severe psychological trauma that should be taken into consideration when prioritising crimes, Mr Marsh said.
‘Our home is our castle and an intrusion into it is a very personal thing.
‘So we should be able to attend every burglary; it’s the right thing to do and the evidence backs this up.’
Police officers across the country had often lost sight of the basics and were under-performing as a result, Mr Marsh said, during the lecture at the Royal Society of Arts. ‘For me, getting the basics right means delivering what the public expect… the prevention and detection of crime by officers and staff exercising the highest professional standards,’ he added.
A Police Foundation Strategic review found that detection rates have almost halved in seven years.
In the year to March 2021 just 9.3 per cent of all recorded police crime resulted in a charge or summons, compared to 17 per cent in 2014.
‘The public just don’t think that is good enough. Neither should we,’ Mr Marsh said.