Skip to comments.‘Shocking’ figures show 8% of muggings result in a charge, say Lib Dems (England)
Posted on 05/29/2023 7:25:55 AM PDT by lowbridge
Slightly more than 30,000 muggings in England and Wales did not even result in a suspect being identified by police last year, research released by the Liberal Democrats has shown.
Just 8% of all offences of robbery of personal property reported to the police last year saw someone being charged, the data from the House of Commons library research showed.
West Midlands police were the worst performing force by this metric, with 4% of robberies reported to its officers in 2022 leading to a charge, followed by Northamptonshire at 5%, with the Avon and Somerset and the Hampshire forces both managing 6%.
The research showed that in 30,079 robberies of personal property reported across England and Wales in 2022 the cases were closed without a suspect being identified.
The dataset is for robbery of personal property involving violence or threats, the formal definition of mugging.
The Lib Dems said it showed the poor performance of the home secretary, Suella Braverman, while she is “embroiled in scandal” such as claims that she asked civil servants to intervene in arranging a private speed awareness course after being caught speeding.
The party has called for a greater focus on more visible community policing.
Sarah Olney, the Lib Dems’ Treasury spokesperson, who asked the Commons library to carry out the research, said: “These shocking figures show muggings are being effectively decriminalised, with far too many violent criminals let off the hook.
“People are being left feeling unsafe walking down their own local streets, because this Conservative government has slashed neighbourhood policing to the bone,” she added. “Crime victims are being abandoned while the home secretary Suella Braverman is embroiled in endless scandals.
“We need to see a return to proper community policing, making our streets safer and ending this free-for-all for criminals.”
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From the articles title:
Shocking! as in 8% is too low or too high?
(I know, its in the article ... the title just struck me as funny)
The end result of willingly giving up your right to self defense.
“The dataset is for robbery of personal property involving violence or threats, the formal definition of mugging.”
You don’t rob property. You rob people. There is already a logical disconnect in dealing with the issue.
“home secretary, Suella Braverman, while she is “embroiled in scandal” such as claims that she asked civil servants to intervene in arranging a private speed awareness course after being caught speeding”
Speed awareness class? You need a class to be aware of your speed? Hey, there’s your answer! Start a Robbery Awareness Class so robbers are aware of when they’re robbing!
I’d like to see 100% of muggings result in a Taser charge.
Mugging a law-abiding Englishman must be about as easy as taking candy from a crippled baby.
I'm shocked that the figure is that high, considering that all the Police is allowed to say is, "A man, wearing blue jeans..."
Hard to see that. Outside London, local government has no control over policing in the local area. Each police force (most of which cover a number of different local authority areas) is accountable to a directly-elected police and crime commissioner. Local authorities sit on a local Police and Crime Panel, but these do not have executive powers. And the police no longer prosecute - that’s the responsibility of the Crown Prosecution Service, which again is not connected to local government.
Yes, but most local forces cover a much larger area than a single local authority. My own, for instance, cover s 12!, among which there is every variety of mainstream political control.
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