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COPS & ROBBERS: Do Watford and Garston have the worst burglary arrest rates in the country?

 Published on: 6th September 2022   |   By: Darius Morgan   |   Category: Uncategorized

A national paper has released a report that states a neighbourhood in Watford has the worst burglary to arrest rates in England and Wales.

The Telegraph, using data from Police.uk., reported that: “All 243 of its thefts over the past three years closed with no suspect identified.”

Examining Garston, the report states there were allegedly 82 burglaries from May 2019 to April 2022, and 81 of them were unsolved.

Herts Police have contested these findings.

Chief Inspector Di Whiteside said: “Figures quoted in a recent national newspaper saying that Watford has the worst detection rate for theft in the country are wrong and don’t reflect the positive impact we are having, working with partners, to tackle the crimes that residents tell us are important, such as anti-social behaviour and robbery.

“Whilst we don’t understand how the figures have been calculated, we believe they focus on Watford town centre. Our figures show that our detection rate for theft in the town centre is just under one per cent which, although sounds low, needs to be understood in the context of the complexity the night-time economy which has historically always inflated crime rates.

“The public has a huge role in driving policing priorities hence our focus on robbery, anti-social behaviour and arson which have dedicated resources allocated that are supported by preventative patrols.

“Of course, we need to look at our theft detection rates and get to understand them better; this will be a complex piece of work given the diverse nature of theft which has many different categories such as from a person or place. The key to this is having the evidence to take an investigation forward and in some instances, we simply have nothing to go on.”

 

 

 

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