A prominent article in the national press in February disclosed that Surrey Police only solve 3% of reported burglaries. As this is a crime of real concern to residents, a letter was sent to the Chief Constable of Surrey Police asking for an explanation. The reply was detailed and outlined the approach of Surrey Police.
Interestingly the reply said that there had only been one reported burglary in Oxshott in the last year. As this is significantly different from the twelve (actual or attempted) burglaries recorded by Neighbourhood Watch, a further letter was sent seeking clarification. Surrey Police subsequently admitted that their original number was incorrect. With the recent disclosure that Surrey Police has the lowest charge rate in the country for shoplifting, the question was also asked whether crimes such as burglary and shoplifting are a long way down the list of priorities of Surrey Police. The reply stated that burglary “will always remain a priority”.
The intention is to maintain regular dialogue with Surrey Police so that they remain aware that burglary is a crime of concern to local residents and requires greater attention from the police.