Trends in Burglary
Between 1997 and 1999, the total number of burglaries fell significantly, by 21%.
This follows a non-significant fall of 7% between 1995 and 1997. These recent falls
reverse the trend of increasing levels of burglary during the 1980s and early 1990s,
and the estimated number of burglaries in 1999 is below that in 1991
Between 1997 and 1999 the number of attempted burglaries and burglaries with loss
fell significantly, by 31% and 18% respectively. The number of burglaries with entry
fell by 13%, although this was not statistically significant.
As a result of the different trends, the proportion of burglaries in which the
offender gained entry has changed over time. In 1981, entry was gained in 63%
of burglaries. In 1999 the figure was 59%. The proportion of all burglaries in which
property was stolen has also fluctuated over time, being 50% in 1981 and 42% in 1999.
The fall in the number of burglaries between 1997 and 1999 reflects the fall in
the proportion of households victimised once or more (from 5.6% in 1997 to 4.3% in
1999). The extent of repeat victimisation has remained relatively stable