Analysis carried out by the Liberal Democrats has revealed that 652 burglaries went unsolved across Dyfed-Powys in the year ending September 2023. Their research suggests that on average, two burglaries a day went unsolved and only 87 burglaries resulted in a suspect being charged - the equivalent to just 8 per cent of cases.
Powys’s Liberal Democrats have criticised the Conservative UK Government for these figures, arguing that years of ineffective resourcing have left local police forces overstretched and unable to focus on frontline crime like burglaries. The Liberal Democrats are demanding a return to proper community policing, where officers are visible, trusted and focused on tackling neighbourhood crime. The party is also calling for a new “Burglary Response Guarantee,” under which all domestic burglaries would be attended by the police and properly investigated.
Commenting, Liberal Parliamentary Candidate for Brecon, Radnor and Cwm Tawe, David Chadwick said: “With the vast majority of burglaries still going unsolved in Powys, too many people feel unsafe in their own homes. “Time and again, this Conservative Government has failed to deliver the absolute basics of stopping and solving crime. But enough is enough. “Powys deserves better. It’s high time to bring an end to this shameful burglar bailout - which is why Liberal Democrats will keep pushing the Conservatives to implement our Burglary Response Guarantee and get more bobbies on the beat.”