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Revealed: Mersey burglary hotspots; FEW BROUGHT TO JUSTICE AS POLICE FIGURES PINPOINT HIGH-RISK AREAS FOR BREAK-INS.

Byline: MICHAEL GOODIER and RACHAEL MCMENEMY ECHO Reporters news@liverpool.com @LIVECHONEWS

NEW figures have revealed the places in Merseyside where you are most likely to become a victim of burglary.

And, if you live in St Helens town centre, you are more likely to have your property broken into than anywhere else in the region.

According to figures from police, there were 241 burglaries there last year - that's one every 1.5 days.

Despite the frequency, a massive 71% of these cases were closed without a suspect even being identified, and burglaries made up 5% of all crime in St Helens town centre.

Across Merseyside, very few burglaries are solved. In Allerton and Hunts Cross, almost all burglaries, 94%, went unsolved.

The statistics include both residential and commercial burglaries. The five neighbourhoods where you're most likely to be burgled are: | St Helens town centre; | Anfield; | County ward, Walton; | Kensington and Fairfield ward; | Liverpool Central ward.

After St Helens town centre, Anfield was the worst ward in Merseyside for burglaries (17 for every 1,000 residents). That was followed by County ward, Walton, Kensington and Fairfield ward, Liverpool and Liverpool Central ward (all 16 for every 1,000).

Only five people were jailed for burglaries in St Helens town centre at the time the data was published - just five out of the 32 that went to court. Another 23 cases were dropped and 14 had either a different outcome or were still under investigation.

Detective Inspector Andrew McCourt, of Merseyside Police, said: "As a force, we will continue to implement Operation Castle, our ongoing response to burglary offences across Merseyside, to pursue and put before the courts anyone suspected of being involved in burglary offences in our communities, as well as preventing further offences "Since Op Castle began last March, we have seen a large reduction in the number of burglaries being committed and an increase in those being detected.

"Everyone living, working and visiting Merseyside has a right to feel safe. If you see or hear anyone acting suspiciously close to homes or businesses, let us know and we will work alongside our partners in finding those responsible."

He added: "If you've been a victim of burglary, know someone who has been or would like some advice on how to secure your home or business, please visit our website for the latest tips and technologies at https://bit.ly/2SRUCSE "Alternatively, if you'd like to report something to us, whether it's to do with a burglary or any other crime, please do not hesitate to contact us @MERPOLCC or by calling 101."

The data was taken from the Police UK database, which means there may be some location inaccur-acies, as Police UK slightly round the location of crimes. Therefore, some crimes that have taken place near council ward boundaries may have been recorded in a neighbouring council ward.

Areas of London, specifically the West End, had the highest burglary rate of anywhere in England and Wales. Across England and Wales, there were 429,446 burglaries last year - equivalent to seven for every 1,000 people.

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
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Date:Feb 4, 2019
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