The Crime Survey for England and Wales(CSEW) for the year ending June 2014 estimated 779,000 incidents of domestic burglary, a decrease of 12% from the previous year (882,000). CSEW domestic burglary follows a similar pattern to that seen for overall crime, and despite some fluctuations the trend has remained fairly flat between 2004/05 and 2011/12. Estimates for the year ending June 2014 are the lowest since the survey began and are 67% lower than those in the 1995 survey.
The tactics used to reduce burglary range from reviewing known burglars; to situational crime prevention (locks, bolts and alarms); to supporting those most vulnerable to victimization and repeat victimization, through responsible neighbour programmes.
Before starting any specific programme its important to apply a systematic approach to the analysis of the crime problem; as one burglary hot-spot may have a significantly different problems to another.
It is also important to bear in mind that different areas and different types of burglary may have different levels of reporting; areas where there is a low level of home property insurance or areas where bogus calling on vulnerable people occur may well have a significant hidden level of crime.
A Home Office 'toolkit giving the background to domestic burglary, an analysis of the issues and local solutions. The links below go direct to that section of the Home office crime reduction website.
Archived survey and linked research and best practice for burglary reduction from UK Home Office Crime Reduction Effectiveness Group
Home Office 'toolkit in pdf format
Updated May 2015