A new report revealed that police are conducting investigations into reported vehicle thefts without identifying a suspect.
Hundreds of thousands of probes for all kinds of criminal activities are closed without a suspected perpetrator in the context, the press association found as part of a recent investigation.
The revelations led to warnings that victims could be postponed to report violations, while criminals get a "green light to reclaim."
Unidentified suspicion: three-quarters of the car theft searches in the UK are closed without a guilty being found, a new report has been unveiled
Police chiefs say the increased demand and the reduced officer figures are the fault.
Figures for shoplifting, theft or & # 39; unauthorized purchase & # 39; of a motor vehicle and home burglary were taken from Home Office data on crime outcomes for the 43 territorial forces in England and Wales, plus the British transport police.
The analysis, which covers the 12 months to March and reflects the position from June, has shown that the figures for vehicle theft are the highest in years, but that only four percent of registered car thefts were charged or dismissed.
Labor MP Yvette Cooper, chairman of the Commons Home Affairs Committee, said: & # 39; Too many investigations close without identifying suspects and we hear more and more often that the police are overloaded to investigate.
The police services are under enormous pressure with increasing serious and violent crimes and changing patterns of crime, in addition to cutbacks on the number of officers and PCSO & # 39; s.
& # 39; These figures suggest that investigations into volume crimes are now being made. The inability to identify suspects gives criminals a green light to recidivate. & # 39;
Alex Mayes, victim support for charity, said: & # 39; This kind of news could undermine confidence in the criminal justice system and prevent people from reporting in the future. & # 39;
Car theft levels are at their highest in years, found the Press Association's research
The 44 forces were 106,334 crimes against theft or unauthorized use of a motor vehicle in 2017/18, the highest score for a comparable period since 2009/10.
For 81,788 of these offenses, the outcome & # 39; investigation was completed – no suspect was identified & # 39 ;.
This is used when a reported crime is investigated & # 39; as far as reasonably possible & # 39; and the case is closed pending further investigation possibilities.
The percentage of car thefts in this category at national level, 77 percent, has increased by one percentage point compared to the previous year.
West Midlands Police and the Metropolitan Police closed 91% and 85% of the car thefts that they had registered without a suspect being identified, according to the analysis.
Only the City of London police had a higher rate, at 96 percent, although it recorded the smallest number of such crimes, with 54.
All but five forces closed off more than half of these cases without identifying a suspect.
London police closed 96% of the car thefts they registered without a suspect being identified, followed by West Midlands Police and the Metropolitan Police with 91% and 85% ended without a suspect in mind
RAC Insurance spokesman Simon Williams said that motorists will be shocked & # 39; through the findings.
& # 39; This is a sign that thieves have found ways around auto safety systems and have ways to sell vehicles with little or no fear of being caught, & # 39; he said.
The fact that fewer suspects are identified is very disturbing and undoubtedly a symptom of the declining number of police officers and the resulting time constraints that can be spent on investigating these crimes. & # 39;
Deputy Head Commander Amanda Blakeman, head of national head of chief of police chiefs for upcoming crime, said increased demand and fewer officer numbers have led troops to prioritize cases with a realistic prospect of persecution.
She added: "The police are investigating all cases of theft, burglary and shoplifting. In particular for this type of offense, the police focus on targeting multiple offenders, organized crime networks and ensuring prevention measures by homeowners and businesses. & # 39;
A spokesman for the Interior Ministry said: "We expect the police to take all reports of crimes seriously, investigate them and bring the perpetrators to court, so that they can receive appropriate punishments.
We recognize, however, that crime is changing and that police demands are becoming increasingly complex. That is why we have implemented a powerful and comprehensive £ 13 billion financing arrangement to ensure that the police have the resources they need to carry out their essential work.
The government remains alert to changes in trends and new methods used by criminals – and we will continue to work with the police, business and others to consider the evidence and what else can be done to address these crimes avoid. & # 39;
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