Marston Moretaine burglaries: most go unsolved, despite pledge
More than 90% of investigations into burglaries in Marston Moretaine were closed without any suspect being identified — and only one resulted in a person being charged, according to analysis of official figures by the Cranfield and Marston Vale Chronicle.
Of the 69 burglaries recorded during 2016 and 2017 all but six were closed as “investigation complete; no suspect identified”.
In three cases, the police were unable to prosecute the suspects. The remaining two did not have a status recorded.
“The police have done a pathetic job,” said Marston resident, Arron Griffith, who has been burgled twice this year.
He added that his neighbour had CCTV, but when the police visited her home to view they couldn’t work out how to view it.
“They left saying ‘I’ll be back’ — and that was 6 months ago…”
Reports of burglaries have shot up
More burglaries were recorded in Marston between March and April this year than for the whole of 2016. The police spokesperson they are “unable to pinpoint” the reasons for the surge in burglaries:
“The slight increase in reported burglaries from February to March this year may have been down to an improvement in the winter weather conditions, or perhaps to burglars travelling through the area from outside the county.”
The figures come just a week after the assistant chief constable at Bedfordshire Police, Jackie Sebire, said that burglary was a priority for the force.