The number of burglaries each police force deals with varies significantly, and those that cover more populated areas are likely to have more cases reported.
Between July 2019 and 2020 the Metropolitan Police - which handles incidents across London - reported the highest number of burglaries of any force in the UK (74,076), while the West Midlands Police reported the most outside of the capital (23,442).1
In contrast, the City of London Police - responsible for the historic centre of London and the smallest police force in the country - experienced the lowest number of burglaries with 302.1
Despite a significant disparity in the typical volume of cases, 41 out of 42 police forces (98%) saw a decline in reported burglaries between March and May 2020. There were 25,279 cases reported in March, but by May this had decreased to only 18,299 reported cases – a 28% average decrease across the UK.2
Excluding the British Transport Police (which deals with a very low number of cases), Lincolnshire Police experienced the biggest drop in this period, with less than half the number of burglaries being reported in May (173) compared to March (357).2
Staffordshire Police also reported a decrease of more than half, while Devon and Cornwall Police reported the only rise (from 277 to 291).2
However, since the UK started to ease out of lockdown there has been a small increase in the number of reported burglaries. Between May and July over three quarters of all police forces reported a rise (79%), and there was an overall average increase (17%) in incidents.2
Certain areas also appear to be more affected than others, with Lincolnshire Police reporting a 102% increase and South Wales Police reporting a rise of 48%. This is in contrast to Cheshire and Northern Ireland police forces, where cases fell by 14% and 9% respectively during the same period.2