Almost three-quarters of all crimes committed in South Yorkshire in the past four-and-a-half years, including murder, child sex offences and abduction, remain unsolved by police, The Star can reveal today.
Crimes which have not been solved include four murders, 14 attempted murders, 13 child abductions, more than 100,000 thefts and 61,320 reports of criminal damage.
The South Yorkshire Police figures were released to The Star as part of our Your Right To Know campaign.
Categories with the most unsolved crimes are assault, criminal damage, burglary, theft from motor vehicles and general theft.
Figures show 103,809 offences were recorded in South Yorkshire in 2010 and 75,263 remain undetected. Of those, just 15 are still assigned to an officer. And this year up to the end of June, 46,373 offences had been recorded with 15,074 still undetected. Of those, 719 remain assigned to an officer.
Daniel Grainger, aged 22, of Fox Hill, Sheffield, whose mum Pat’s murder in 1997 has still not been solved, described the figures as ‘bad’.
But police stressed they solve more crimes than the national average involving violence, robbery, theft, rape, shoplifting and drugs.