NEARLY 20,000 crimes have gone unsolved in Gloucestershire this year.
Of a total 26,316 offences committed in the county since January 1, just 6,652 have been cracked and seen someone brought to justice.
That means a detection rate of just over 25 per cent.
In Gloucester, 8,069 crimes have been committed this year, 2,421 of which have been solved.
In Cheltenham, 6,803 crimes were committed and 1,775 solved. The Forest of Dean saw 2,472 offences, just 481 of which were cracked.
Stroud had 3,526 crimes committed and 858 were solved.
In Tewkesbury there has been 2,578 crimes, 511 solved and in the Cotswolds 606 crimes out of 2,868 were cracked.
There has actually been a sizable reduction in the number of crimes committed compared with last year, about 2,000 fewer across the county and almost 1,000 fewer in Gloucester alone, figures revealed in a Freedom of Information Act request showed.
One burglary victim from Abbeydale, whose house was rifled through and precious jewellery taken earlier this year, said more could be done.
“The police obviously have to prioritise crimes, I understand that and I do think Gloucester is actually a safe place to live, but 25 per cent does sound low,” said the man, who asked not to be named.
“Being a victim of a crime is horrible, I wouldn’t wish on anyone the way it left me feeling afterwards and you just want whoever is responsible to be found and brought to proper justice. They shouldn’t be allowed to get away with it.”
Gloucestershire Police spokesman Chris Jackson said: “The detection rate fluctuates across crime categories so certain offences may have a higher number of outcomes than others, which makes looking at the overall figure simplistic.
“As you would expect we review the rates regularly, together with crimes that occur each day and actively work to address trends or particular issues that arise.
“We don't set targets as we know this can have a detrimental effect on policing and has led in the past to officers concentrating on securing a resolution that is not in the interest of the victim or other members of the community.
“Numerous issues affect outcome rates themselves and gathering enough evidence of a standard high enough to prove a crime beyond all reasonable doubt at court can be hugely challenging. The willingness and vulnerability of witnesses also present challenges.
“What we may be able to do is offer the victim advice that stops them becoming a victim again or analyse the information to help us identify crime patterns and catch the offenders if they commit similar offences again. So we would urge people to contact us whenever they fall victim, even if they believe there isn’t anything we can do.
“Importantly, policing isn’t just about detecting crime, but about preventing it too. Keeping people safe from harm remains our key role. It’s worth emphasising that crime has been falling in the county for many years now, in large part due to the work officers do to educate and inform people and businesses of how to protect themselves from crime.
“This has ultimately made the county a very safe place to live and work.”