Wiltshire Police has committed to attending all reports of residential burglaries from now onwards.
Officers currently attend less than 90% of all reported burglaries, to meet with the victims, secure potential evidence and provide vital reassurance.
In total, there were 1274 reported in Wiltshire within the last twelve months – of which, only 3.9% are taken further with suspects identified.
The force says they are determined to build on this record, in recognition of the profound impact that residential burglary has, by joining a national pledge to meet every victim of such crimes.
Assistant Chief Constable Craig Dibdin said: “Anyone who has suffered a burglary will know the long-lasting impact it can have – knowing that someone has violated your home can be a hugely unsettling experience which goes beyond any financial damage caused.
“Very often items that are stolen in a residential burglary have sentimental value and can be irreplaceable.
“This coupled with the invasive nature of burglary underlines why it is so important that we respond to such crimes as a priority.
“We know that ensuring our officers attend burglaries at the earliest opportunity will not only provide reassurance but also increase the chance of preserving potential evidence which could support a prosecution.
“We are determined to bring more criminals to justice and support victims of such crimes.”
The NPCC (National Police Chief’s Council) today set out its joint pledge that all forces in England and Wales will attend all home burglaries – following a review of evidence from the College of Policing and in response to public opinion.
The College of Policing, who set the standards for policing, set out the benefits of officers attending domestic burglaries in a recent letter to all chiefs.
The evidence review shared by the College set out how rapid police attendance at scenes can increase victim satisfaction and help with investigations. It can also help with the prevention of future crimes in the area.
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