The Crime Survey of England and Wales has shown crimes against adults and households fell by 10% in the last year, further proof of austerity hitting every part of society. Rising prices of tools and a sharp fall in prices on the black market has seen the average burglar barely break even.
'By the time I have bought a crowbar, touch, batteries, balaclava and swag bag I need to rob at least a 22 inch smart television, an X-Box and a washing machine,' one hard-up criminal told us. 'It wouldn't be to bad but in these hard times I can't afford a van, and carrying all of that and an accomplice on a BMX isn't easy.'
In what has now become an all to familiar story in the criminal fraternity, the burglar we spoke to is now seriously considering getting a part-time job to help subsidise his lifestyle.