Burglaries of English and Welsh homes increased by 14 per cent this year according to the British Crime Survey (BCS).
The BCS measures the amount of crime in England and Wales. This includes crimes which may not have been reported to the police, or recorded by them. It thus provides an important alternative to police recorded crime statistics. Without the BCS the government would have no information on these unreported crimes. The BCS also helps identify those most at risk of different types of crime. This is used in designing and informing crime prevention programmes. It is also used to assess people's attitudes to crime and towards the Criminal Justice System. It is one of the major sources of information about levels of crime, public attitudes to crime and other Home Office issues.
Officials regard the BCS as the most reliable indicator of crime trends and separate data of crimes recorded by police showed crime fell 4% and domestic burglary was down 4%.
There was also a 10% rise in the number of recorded thefts of unattended mobiles, wallets and purses from pubs, household property from gardens, and metal or industrial equipment.
The total number of crimes recorded by police fell by about 100,000 to 4.2 million over the last year.
Conversely the BCS figures showed there were about 9.6 million crimes overall in 2010-11, compared with 9.5 million the previous year.
Government officials advised "caution" over the BCS burglary figures and said that the rise followed a record low the previous year and said the current estimate was more in line with those for the previous five years.
Burglars feel safe in the knowledge that they can break into homes in the middle of the night and most householders will be too frightened to tackle them.
Also that if they did summon up the courage to defend their homes that the burglars has rights and if one shot or stabbed the criminal one would end up in court on a charge of violence. because one is supposed to act reasonably in an unreasonable situation.
This is because this government will not alter the law so that the burglar has no rights in your house in the middle of the night after he has broken in.