Only one in 10 burglars reported to the police while breaking into a house were caught. Stolen property was only recovered in 7 per cent of cases.
Of the 6 per cent caught and convicted, more than 40 per cent were arrested at the scene of the crime and a third from questioning witnesses. A further quarter of the total was expected to be "cleared up" via confessions from convicted criminals.
Solving Residential Burglary, Home Office Police Research Group, 50 Queen Anne's Gate, London SW1H 9AT.Reuse content