Burglaries and thefts are rising at an alarming rate, according to Britain’s largest police force as figures from the Metropolitan Police show a 21 per cent rise in burglaries year on year.
They come as new crime statistics released this week are expected to reveal a national trend.
In recent months police chiefs have said that cost-cutting measures mean they cannot devote resources to “low level crime”.
The latest figures suggest criminals are now targeting areas of the country where police forces are failing to investigate burglaries and thefts, experts have warned.
Police chiefs are under pressure to tackle increasing threats from terrorism and cyber crime and investigate historic sex offences, as well as managing budget cuts.