Burglary Business and Community offences have experienced a decrease of -8.7% with 41 less offences compared to the same period last year. An increase was seen in December with 32 more offences; however, November and January saw decreases of 31 and 42 offences respectively.
3.5 Burglary Residential
3 Month total
Burglary Residential offences have seen an 11.5% decrease, with 143 less offences compared to the same period last year. Reductions have been seen in all three months in this period. Burglary residential offences continue to decrease, with levels now below the pre-pandemic period.
3.6 Violent Crime
3 Month total
With regards to the Home Office counting rules Violent Crime includes a broad range of offences across a spectrum from non-injury reports to the most serious violence, including homicide. The Force’s Control Strategy features quite heavily in this category, such as Sexual Offences, Domestic Abuse and Robbery.
Violent crime has experienced a decrease of 11.1%, with 2427 less offences when compared to the same period last year. Reductions were experienced for all three months in this period; the most substantial decrease was in January 2023 with 1172 less offences compared to January 2022. All three offences categories within violent crime have seen reductions in this period.
The Suspect Interviewed Rate has fallen slightly in 2022, from 27.1% in 2021 to 26.9% in 2022. Whilst there has been a small decrease in suspects interviewed, there has been an increase in the charge rate from 5.4% in 2021 to 7.4% in 2022.
3 Month total
Robbery offences have experienced a decrease of 13.7%, with 43 less offences compared to the same period last year. Decreases were experienced in November 2022 and January 2023, whilst December 2022 saw a slight increase with 4 more offences compared to December 2021.
The Suspect Interviewed rate has increased from 22.0% to 33.2% and the charge rate has also seen an increase from 8.0% to 13.7%.
3.8 Crime Squad.
The Crime Squad continues to oversee serious acquisitive crime offences force wide with officers in the North, West and East of the county with a Detective Sergeant supervising the respective Divisions. The Detective Chief Inspector and Detective Inspector continue to oversee this from a force wide perspective ensuring risk is minimised and force priorities are supported. All residential burglary and robbery offences are reviewed by the team daily and ownership taken of those which fall within the service level agreement of the Crime Squad. However, consideration is of course given to threat, harm and risk and the Crime Squad will either take ownership or assist Divisions with matters outside of this that pose the most threat and harm to the public and the Kent community. For example, providing tactical advice on matters where high risk offenders are outstanding to ensure their arrest is achieved in the timeliest way possible and evidence captured.
The Crime Squad continues to use both proactive and reactive approaches to tackling burglary and robbery offences. Offences relating to the theft of high value vehicles, burglaries targeting jewellery and cash and robberies with weapons have all been and continue to be investigated by the team whether standalone offences or a series.
There have been several highlights during the last quarter including several offenders being identified and charged with series offences, whether that being residential burglary offences or robbery offences including those which have been perpetrated with a knife. The team has continued to focus on those offenders that are causing the most harm from a serious acquisitive crime perspective. This includes two offenders that were committing residential burglaries targeting high value items in the Herne Bay and Canterbury areas. The offenders were identified following a series of offending and proactive investigation, resulting in them being charged with 10 burglary dwelling offences, where they were then remanded at court.
An example in this last quarter of where the Crime Squad have taken a series of offences not burglary or robbery related but offences which were causing considerable harm to the people of Kent and Medway relates to keyless car thefts. This series started in the east of the county but grew to over 40 offences across the county and further offending in neighbouring counties. Through the proactive investigation of the team, two offenders were identified and have both been charged with 30 offences which could be attributed to them.
Robberies are also a key component of the work of the Crime Squad with a focus on those with weapons which invariably have a lasting impact on the victims who have been targeted. The North Crime Squad have secured charges against several individuals who have committed knife enabled robberies within Medway and North Kent, with four of those individuals being charged with attempted murder for an incident in Gravesend. The below summary outlines the work of the Squad in the last rolling year.