Nearly 600 burglaries remain unsolved across Welwyn Hatfield and Potters Bar

PUBLISHED: 12:00 09 February 2019

Burglar or intruder inside of a house or office with flashlight and baseball bat

Burglar or intruder inside of a house or office with flashlight and baseball bat

BrianAJackson

There were 410 burglaries in Welwyn Hatfield in 2018 where no suspect was identified, according to recently published statistics.

In 2018, the month with the most unsolved burglaries was January, with 49, closely followed by July with 48. The month with the fewest was December, with only 16.

However as December was only recently, it is likely many burglary cases from that month remain open while police look for suspects, as the statistics only show burglaries where the investigation was completed with no suspect being found.

There were 637 burglaries in the borough in total in 2018, meaning that in 227 cases police were able to identify those responsible, or for whatever reason a status update was unavailable.

Meanwhile in Potters Bar last year there were 108 burglaries where no suspect was identified.

The month with the fewest was April, with only four, and the month with the most was February with 15. This was closely followed by November, where there were 14 unsolved burglaries in the town.

There were 182 burglaries in Potters Bar in total in 2018, with 74 cases where a suspect was caught or a status update was unavailable.

A police spokeswoman said: “Our response to burglary may not immediately result in an arrest, but everything is done to ensure all the evidence is captured and we never give up on a case.

““We utilise the full forensic toolkit available to us to build a profile of offenders. This includes, where possible, recovering DNA samples and other identifying material, which is kept on a database that is constantly referred to when offenders are bought into custody.

“Often, when a suspect is arrested on suspicion of committing one burglary offence they will later be forensically linked or admit to carrying out a whole host of other break-ins and we always go back to the victims to update them of this.

“In many of these unsolved burglary cases enquiries remain on-going and we work with other forces to identify offenders who may have come from outside of the area to target homes in Welwyn Hatfield.

“Welwyn Hatfield, and Hertfordshire as a whole, remains a safe place to live and work.”

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