Research and analysis

Understanding the attrition process in volume crime investigations

Home Office Research Study 295 addresses three important questions in the investigation of volume crime.

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Home Office Research Study 295 addresses three important questions in the investigation of volume crime - ‘what solves volume crime?’; ‘why is the attrition of volume crime cases so high?’; and ‘why do volume crime detection rates in similar Basic Command Units (BCUs) vary’?

The research focused on eight police BCUs. In these areas a total of just over 3,000 volume crime cases were tracked retrospectively from the crime report to final disposal. The policies and processes applied in dealing with volume crime were assessed, and interviews carried out with police and civilian staff at all levels.