According to The Sunday Times, shocking report shows that only four percent of robberies in England and Wales in 2017 were solved. Only three percent of burglaries were solved. That is a dismal record and indicates that criminals can effectively act with impunity in victimizing citizens.
There is a long-standing theory that deterrence is a balance of the size of the penalty and the rate of detection. As detection rates fall, penalties are increased to maintain the level of deference. In this case, detection is almost zero for these crimes and Great Britain’s level of sentencing is traditionally lower than the United States. Even with higher sentencing, this virtually non-existent enforcement would make deterrence very unlikely.
Adding to this problem is the fact the number of officers in England and Wales is at its lowest level since the late 1980s.
London has been experiencing a sharp increase in knife attacks, including his shocking video of a still unidentified man who attacked a car with a huge “Zombie killer” knife: