Incompetent police officers have been blamed for crime increase as levels hit an all-time high, with Christmas crime rising by 20% in the last three years.
Shocking new figures reveal that burglaries, thefts and robberies during the festive period have seen a drastic increase since 2014, with startling statistics also highlighting the fact that police officers failed to solve 50% of crimes.
The number of crimes committed over Christmas has risen from 17,700 in 2014 to 22,344 in 2016 – that’s an average of 448 festive break-ins each and every day.
Whilst half were never solved, up to 80% of cases go completely unpunished. A total of 4.2 million crimes were reported to police in 2016/2017 with suspects being identified in only 48% of cases.
So which forces were the worst offenders?
A further breakdown of the figures reveals that police performances vary widely across England and Wales, with victims facing what has been described as a ‘postcode lottery of justice.’
Among the worst performers was the Metropolitan Police, which failed to name a suspect in 60% of cases.
Merseyside Police also struggled with 58% of crimes being left unsolved.
Greater Manchester Police failed to identify a single suspect in 65% of cases.
Topping the poll was West Midlands Police, who failed to identify suspects in 90% of all cases.
The figures were revealed following an investigation by The Sun into 1,000 pages of Crime Outcomes figures documented by the Home Office.