Fewer suspects charged by force
CRIMINALS in Surrey are increasingly unlikely to face prosecution for their crimes, according to figures obtained by the Surrey Advertiser.
Statistics issued by Surrey Police under the Freedom of Information Act show only 8.2% of crimes committed in the county during 2016/17 resulted in someone being charged – down from 10.1% the previous year.
Even serious offences do not often result in a charge being made.
Only 10% of violent crimes, 5.7% of thefts and 4.9% of burglaries reported to Surrey Police in 2016/17 saw charges brought, all lower rates than the previous year.
Police performed better when investigating sexual offences, with 17.3% of cases resulting in a charge, up from 14.2% in 2015/16.
The performance of Surrey’s force in bringing charges is also below the national average. In England and Wales, 11.2% of all offences resulted in someone being charged, down from 13.8% in 2015/16.
Formal charges are not the only way of dealing with an offence, with other outcomes such as a formal caution or a penalty notice, but serious crimes such as sexual offences or violence are not generally dealt with this way.
Areas where offences are particularly unlikely to end in a charge include Milford – with only 2.1% of reported offences in 2016/17 – as well as Bramley, Mytchett, Deepcut and the north of Epsom and Ewell.
Additionally, there were seven areas where no charges were brought for burglary between April 2015 and March 2017, and seven areas where no charges were brought for sexual offences in the same period, despite these being reported to the police in those areas.
Areas where all sexual offences in the two-year period went unsolved were north Addlestone and Bourneside; Chipstead; Epsom and Ewell North; South Leatherhead; Virginia Water; the A3 corridor including Send, Ripley and Wisley; and the Surrey Hills area including the villages of Thursley and Elstead
Police also failed to bring charges for burglaries committed in and around Addlestone town; Bramley; Dunsfold; Farncombe; Shepperton and Laleham; South Walton and Ambleside; and the area to the west of Dorking including Beare Green, Capel and Coldharbour.
During these two years 551 burglaries were reported in the areas.
Surrey Police was contacted for a comment but did not respond.
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