The investigation of high-volume crime
This chapter focuses on the detection of high-volume crimes. For the purpose of this discussion, these have been defined as domestic burglary, non-domestic burglary, theft of and theft from motor vehicles.1 Collectively in the mid-1990s, these offences accounted for about half of all the recorded crime in England and Wales. In 2005 they accounted for just less than 30 per cent. This fall in share of the ‘crime cake’ is a function both of changed counting rules and steady falls in burglary and vehicle crime over the past decade.