HC Deb 27 November 2003 vol 415 cc399-400W
Mr. Spring

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many burglaries were reported to the police in Suffolk in each year since 1996–97; and how many reported burglaries in Suffolk resulted in a conviction in each year. [140610]

Ms Blears

Numbers of reported crimes are not collected centrally. The number of crimes recorded by the police are collected and published annually. Information on recorded burglaries are given in the table.

All Burglary1 in Suffolk from 1996 to 2002–03)
Year Number of offences recorded
19962 6,384
19972 6,094
1998–993 6,241
1999–2000 6,214
2000–014 5,738
2001–02 6,346
2002–03 6,248

1 All burglary comprises burglary in a dwelling, and burglary in a building other than a dwelling.

2Recorded on a calendar year basis up to 1997 and on a financial year basis thereafter.

3There was a change of counting rules for recorded crime on 1 April 1998, which had the effect of increasing the number of crimes counted. Numbers of offences for years before and after this date are therefore not directly comparable.

4Suffolk implemented the National Crime Recording Standard (NCRS) on 1 April 2000, two years prior to the national implementation. This will have had the effect of inflating the number of crimes counted.

Number of convictions for all burglary offences in Suffolk1 are not available before 1999–2000. The available statistics are given in the table.

1 Based on court proceedings statistics used for Narrowing the Justice Gap.

Year Number of convictions
1999–2000 414
2000–01 369
2001–02 337