LONDON, England – New data from the Home Office reveals that more than 90 percent of criminal damage and arson cases in the past year went unsolved. Out of the half a million cases reported, 62 percent did not make it to court because law enforcement could not identify a suspect. Additionally, 51,000 cases were dropped due to evidence issues, and 102,000 were closed because the victims no longer supported action.
In response, Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper has pledged to address the high rate of unsolved crimes by hiring 13,000 new neighborhood officers and fast-tracking the recruitment of 7,000 detectives. Cooper emphasized the need to reverse the trend of unsolved crimes, which she believes have contributed to the decline of local communities and businesses.
Cooper also expressed concern over the impact of antisocial behavior, vandalism, and town center crimes on high streets and local businesses. She proposed the introduction of Respect Orders to tackle adults who repeatedly engage in antisocial behavior and the creation of a standalone offense for attacking shop workers.
The Labour party has criticized the Ministry of Justice for failing to hold criminals accountable and for letting down the victims. They support Cooper’s plans to address the issue and improve safety and security in communities.
In summary, the Home Office’s data revealed a high rate of unsolved criminal damage and arson cases, prompting Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper to propose hiring more neighborhood officers and detectives to address the issue. The Labour party has expressed support for these measures, emphasizing the need to hold criminals accountable and ensure the safety of communities.