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Bexley among top half of London boroughs for number of unsolved burglaries last year

PUBLISHED: 15:50 30 May 2017 | UPDATED: 14:40 01 June 2017

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Residents are being reminded how to protect their homes

Met Police issued the following tips to prevent household burglaries

• Call police about suspicious activity

• Use a ‘spy hole’ or a window to see who is outside prior to opening the door

• Stop letter box burglaries by storing keys away from the front door and out of sight from outside the property

• Install timers which switch lights or radios on and off automatically while you are out

• If you are going out after dark, draw the curtains and leave some lights on

• If you live in a flat, don’t let strangers in via the entry system or by following you in

• Keep a photographic library of your jewellery by photographing each piece on a flat surface next to a ruler to give an indication of size.

• Mark your possessions, including jewellery, using a UV property marking liquid.

Met Police has accepted “more needs to be done” to put burglars behind bars as figures revealed Bexley was in the top half of London boroughs for unsolved burglaries.

According to data shared with the Bexley Times, 44 per cent of burglary reports were closed without finding a suspect in 2016.

Altogether, police in Bexley investigated 1,122 burglary cases over the last year, 491 of which were closed without a suspect being identified.

The figure puts Bexley as the 16th highest in London, with rates rising as high as 61 per cent in Hammersmith and Fulham.

Neighbouring borough Greenwich was the fourth highest with 51 per cent, while Bromley had the lowest rate with 36 per cent.

A spokesperson from Scotland Yard said: “Burglary presents particular challenges in regard to identifying those responsible and we accept there is more work to be done - and are always seeking ways to increase the number of these crimes we solve.

“To this end the Met has put significant resources into improving our process of investigations over the past few years with the aim of increasing detection rates. The organisation has recently completed an 18 month process of training frontline borough officers (around 20,000 officers), in refresher courses which cover different aspects of investigations including initial investigation stages and crime scene preservations. We also undertook a ‘cradle to grave’ review of burglary to ensure all was being done to enhance opportunities to bring offenders to justice. One of the recommendations of this review led to the implementation of ‘forensic converter teams’ in 10 hubs across London. These are dedicated teams dealing with the identification, locating and charging of offenders, which should in time result in an improvement in detection rates.”

Research was carried out by https://www.locksmithservice.co.uk/

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