Christmas burglaries in your area going unsolved?

Date published: 05 January 2022

Most burglaries committed in Greater Manchester during the Christmas period go unsolved by the police, according to new analysis by the Liberal Democrats.

Figures reveal that in over eight in 10 Christmas burglaries in Greater Manchester, no-one is brought to justice.

3,555 burglaries in the Greater Manchester area went unsolved by police in the period between October and December last year.

Overall, 87.6% of burglary cases in the Greater Manchester area recorded between October and December over the past five years went unsolved. This compares to 84.6% burglaries going unsolved during the rest of the year.

The figures also reveal there is usually a spike in burglaries over the Christmas period in the area.

In the last five years, police recorded an average of 402 domestic burglaries per week in October, November and December.

This compares to an average of 368 burglaries a week during the rest of the year.

The period between Christmas and New Year can prove particularly fruitful for burglars, with homes full of new presents left empty as occupants visit family elsewhere.

Liberal Democrat campaigner Alicia Marland said: “Everyone should be able to feel safe in their own homes over the Christmas period, and know that if someone does break in they will be caught and punished.

"But with the vast majority of burglaries going unsolved, that’s simply not the case for far too many people.

“This Conservative government’s failure to tackle crime is letting victims down and letting criminals get away with it."

Greater Manchester Police have been approached for a response to these claims. 

To help local residents work together to help cut crime, Alicia has organised a public meeting at 7pm, Wednesday 5 January, at Grotton Pavilion to hear from the organisers of a Greenfield group to cut crime, as well as the local police, with a view to organising a local group for Grotton, Springhead and Lees. 

If you are interested in attending or getting involved, please contact Alicia by email on

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