Shocking figures show 80% of burglaries in Sussex are going unsolved

30 Oct 2023
James MacCleary head and shoulders against blurred background of buildings and sky

New Home Office statistics have revealed that a shocking 4,000 burglaries went unsolved across Sussex in the year ending June 2023

This is equivalent to 11 burglaries going unsolved in Sussex every single day.

Meanwhile, just 254 cases resulted in a suspect being charged or summonsed in the same time period - accounting for under 5% of all burglaries in Sussex.

The national figures paint a similarly dire picture. 76% of all burglaries across England and Wales went unsolved in the year ending June 2023, while just 6% of cases resulted in a suspect being charged or summonsed.

Local Liberal Democrats have slammed the Conservative Government for these figures, arguing that years of ineffective resourcing have left local forces overstretched and unable to focus on crimes like burglaries.

This includes taking over 4,500 Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) off the streets since 2015, and assigning just 12% of officers to neighbourhood policing teams.

The party is calling for a new “Burglary Response Guarantee,” under which all domestic burglaries would be attended by the police and properly investigated.

This would be accompanied by a return to proper community policing, where officers are visible, trusted and focused on tackling neighbourhood crime.

Commenting, James MacCleary, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Lewes constituency said:

“Concerns about crime are coming up on doorsteps more and more. People are so fed up with the endless cuts to the police. Some people have told me they don't see the point of even reporting crimes like burglary any more as they don't think anything will happen.

"Seeing these shocking figures it is easy to understand why they feel that way. Yet again, this Conservative Government are failing to even get the basics right on cutting crime. They complain about crime figures but then just carry on cutting funding. Since 2015, Sussex has lost a quarter of its PCSOs.

“Local people deserve better - which is why the Liberal Democrats will keep fighting to restore proper community policing and implement our Burglary Response Guarantee. It’s the only way to bring an end to this shameful burglar bailout.”



Full data, broken down by police force, is available here. Source: Home Office, Crime outcomes year to June 2023: data tables.

Data on PCSO cuts can be found here, based on Home Office, Police Workforce: England and Wales, Table H7 (various editions).

Data on neighbourhood policing team size can be found here, based on Home Office, Police workforce England and Wales statistics


Liberal Democrats are calling for a new statutory guarantee that all burglaries must be attended by police and properly investigated. 


To implement this guarantee, Liberal Democrats are calling on the Government to: 


  • Return to proper community policing, where officers have the time and resources they need to focus on preventing and solving crime;
  • Urgently draw up a strategy to tackle the shortage of detectives; and
  • Set up a new national Online Crime Agency, to better protect people from online crime while freeing up local forces’ time to tackle burglars.

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