Burglary and robbery on the rise in England and Wales

Last year saw the first rise in robberies recorded by the police since 2011.

Following a decade of what the Office for National Statistics describes as “near continual decline in police recorded crime”, figures released yesterday reveal that in 2016 the total number of robberies recorded by the police was 10% higher than in the previous 12 month period. Overall 55,824 robberies were recorded by police in England and Wales during 2016.

Domestic burglary has seen an annual increase of 4%, with police recording a sobering total of 200,659 offences in 2016, and “theft from the person” is also on the rise, up 6% from 81,434 recorded cases in 2015 to 86,548 cases in 2016.

The latter marks the continuation of what the ONS notes is “an upward trend seen over the last two years”, but the worrying increase in domestic burglary and robbery in general is new and underlines how important it is to remain vigilant.

As the police point out: “Homes with no security measures in place are five times more likely to be burgled than those with simple security measures. […] Taking just a few steps can make a big difference in keeping your home safe from burglary.”

Police recommend you “store any high value items (i.e. jewellery, passports) in a properly secured safe or bank vault” and they also suggest a series of simple measures that can help protect your home:

  • always take care to lock doors and windows when you go out;
  • keep keys well-hidden;
  • install a burglar alarm and outside lighting;
  • keep ladders and tools stored out of sight.

These rising crime figures underscore the risk of complacency. With over 400,000 domestic and non-domestic burglaries in 2016 alone, isn’t it time you considered renting a safe deposit box?