LONDON, June 17 (Xinhua) -- Figures from British media showed that no more than 5 percent of all street robberies and burglaries are being solved since last year.
The Sunday Times, which exposed the police data Sunday, called it "a crisis in the nation's policing".
The paper mapped for the first time the 4.7 million crimes committed in 2017 and the proportion solved in England and Wales. The investigation revealed just 4 percent of robberies were solved last year, compared with 9 percent in 2013, while the burglary detection rate fell during the same period from 6 percent to 3 percent.
The Metropolitan police also admitted that it solved less than 4 percent of all burglaries in London in the year to April.
Home Secretary Sajid Javid on Sunday also revealed he was a victim of a moped mugging in north London.
He told a local newspaper that he reached for his phone to call a taxi outside Euston station when the thieves rode on to the pavement and grabbed his phone.
"Before I knew what was happening, it (the phone) had gone," said Javid, who was appointed home secretary in April, becoming responsible for the UK's policing and security.
He has promised to work on a review to give police more power to pursue moped thieves.
A fall in police numbers is believed to be one of the major causes for the decline in detection rates. The number of police officers in England and Wales is now at the lowest level since 1980s, said the Sunday Times.