31.64% of burglaries in North Wales went unattended by North Wales Police last year

26 Apr 2024

31.64% of burglaries in North Wales went unattended by North Wales Police last year, despite a government promise to attend all of them, an investigation by the Liberal Democrats has revealed.

North Wales’ Lib Dems said it showed the Conservative government was making yet more “empty promises” on crime and letting burglars and other criminals off the hook.

In total, a shocking 331 of domestic burglaries in North Wales went unattended by a police officer in 2023. Staggeringly, the latest Home Office statistics show that three in four burglaries went unsolved in the year ending September 2023, or 213,814 burglaries over that period.

The figures were revealed through a series of Freedom of Information requests by the Liberal Democrats to police forces showing that 25,938 domestic burglaries went unattended by police across England and Wales in 2023 - accounting for 20% of all cases recorded.

This is despite a claim from the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) last June that all domestic burglaries were being attended by police. Former Conservative Home Secretary Suella Braverman welcomed the claim at the time, saying she was delighted that police had “fulfilled their commitment to attend all domestic burglaries.”

The Liberal Democrats are calling for a legal Burglary Response Guarantee under which all domestic burglaries would be attended by the police and properly investigated. This would be accompanied by a return to proper community policing, where officers are visible, trusted and focused on tackling neighbourhood crime like burglaries.

Liberal Democrat Police and Crime Commissioner Candidate for North Wales, Richard Marbrow said:

“This empty promise from Conservative ministers is leaving our community to pay the price with scores of burglaries going unsolved.

“Burglaries are an appalling crime to have to endure and it can leave people in North Wales feeling unsafe in their own homes. The ongoing failure to investigate and attend every burglary is letting criminals off the hook while victims are abandoned and let down.

“The Liberal Democrats would bring in a legal guarantee to ensure burglary victims are visited by a police officer and their cases properly investigated. It is the very least that the public expects and deserves.”


Richard Marbrow in front of the North Wales Police Headquarters
Welsh Liberal Democrats Police and Crime Commissioner candidate, Richard Marbrow, in front of the North Wales Police Headquarters in Colwyn Bay

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