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Burglary cases and investigations (FOI)

Burglary cases and investigations (FOI)

Produced by the Freedom of Information office
Authored by Government of Jersey and published on 06 February 2023.
Prepared internally, no external costs.


Please could you provide me with the following information:

The number of:


Burglary offences recorded.


Burglary cases that were ‘screened out’, by which I mean closed with 24 hours of being reported, without an investigation (or an alternative definition if your force uses one – please specify which definition you use).


Burglary cases where an officer visited the scene of the incident.


Burglary cases where the investigation was closed with no suspect identified.

For domestic burglaries by your police force in each of the last four calendar years (2022, 2021, 2020, 2019).


The offence of burglary falls under the UK Theft Act. Jersey relies on the common law offences of Break and Entry and Illegal Entry. In basic terms, the first is the breaking into a property and committing a crime. The latter deals with the situation where an offender enters a property without breaking into it, i.e., illegal entry. For both these offences to be complete the offender must go on to commit a crime inside the building or have the intent to commit such a crime. The States of Jersey Police does not screen out these types of offences. 

The following search terms, relevant to Jersey law, have been used to satisfy this request, described below:

  • Break and Entry and Larceny
  • Breaking and entering (dwelling crime committed)
  • Breaking and entering (dwelling, intent to commit a crime)
  • Breaking and entering (other than a building)
  • Illegal entry (dwelling, crime committed)
  • Illegal entry (dwelling, intent to commit crime)
  • Illegal entry (other than a dwelling)

Please see the spreadsheet below with the requested information relating to the Bailiwick of Jersey.


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