Lewisham burglaries in June were 'lowest since records began'

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The month of June saw the lowest number of burglaries in Lewisham since current records began, police say.

There were 166 burglary offences reported to Lewisham Police last month making it the lowest since current records started in April 1997.

Overall, the number of Lewisham burglaries fell by almost 1,000 between June 2012 to June 2013 where 3,758 were reported, compared to 2,761 from June last year to June this year.

Officers say the drop is due to measures including better staff forensic training, prompt attendance by scene examiners, as well as working with second-hand shops to spot stolen items and report them.

Other work has included burglary prevention advice to hotspot areas and giving support to former burglars released from prison to stop them reoffending.

Speaking of the fall in burglaries, Chief Inspector Graham Price said: “This is due to the concentrated and focused activities by police and partners on addressing this challenging area of police work.

“Together with London Borough of Lewisham, the charity Victim Support and the Probation Service we have worked to improve the burglary rates on this borough and to reduce the offence and sustain that reduction.

“Overall, crime in Lewisham is down and confidence and satisfaction levels as recorded by independent surveys are starting to increase."

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1:26pm Fri 11 Jul 14

sarlane says...

The point here is that it's not the number of burglaries that has dropped, but the number of REPORTED burglaries. What's the point of reporting them when , from my experience, they do absolutely nothing about it. When our house was burgled, the car keys taken and the car stolen, it was only the fact we had a tracker on the car which meant we got it back. No-one was ever caught or prosecuted. If we'd not had to have a crime number for the tracking company, we wouldn't have bothered to report it. The police then had the car for over a week while they checked it for fingerprints (the thief worse gloves!) and left us with having to try and remove the dust.
The point here is that it's not the number of burglaries that has dropped, but the number of REPORTED burglaries. What's the point of reporting them when , from my experience, they do absolutely nothing about it. When our house was burgled, the car keys taken and the car stolen, it was only the fact we had a tracker on the car which meant we got it back. No-one was ever caught or prosecuted. If we'd not had to have a crime number for the tracking company, we wouldn't have bothered to report it. The police then had the car for over a week while they checked it for fingerprints (the thief worse gloves!) and left us with having to try and remove the dust. sarlane
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1:28pm Fri 11 Jul 14

Virtual-Monster says...

Could it be that the reduction in burglaries could also be caused by:
The most prolific of local burglars has finally been imprisoned?
The Police deliberately massaging figures?
The Police deliberately downgrading burglaries to criminal damage?
The Police intentionally failing to record burglaries?
There's just not enough Police to report crimes to?
All Lewisham burglars have relocated to Woolwich where burglary, attempt murder, GBH and hate crimes appear to an accepted way of life?

I guess its probably a combination of all of the above (especially the Woolwich one).
Could it be that the reduction in burglaries could also be caused by: The most prolific of local burglars has finally been imprisoned? The Police deliberately massaging figures? The Police deliberately downgrading burglaries to criminal damage? The Police intentionally failing to record burglaries? There's just not enough Police to report crimes to? All Lewisham burglars have relocated to Woolwich where burglary, attempt murder, GBH and hate crimes appear to an accepted way of life? I guess its probably a combination of all of the above (especially the Woolwich one). Virtual-Monster
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