The number of suspects nabbed and punished for all crimes has more than halved over the last five years to just nine per cent.
Metropolitan Police confirmed it solved less than four per cent of all domestic burglaries in the capital in the year to April.
And police forces that have some of the highest detection rates attribute them to having more bobbies on the beat.
An investigation by the The Sunday Times shows a local snapshot of the 4.7m crimes committed in 2017 – and how many were solved.
The paper found that just four per cent of robberies were solved in England and Wales last year, compared with nine per cent in 2013.
The burglary detection rate fell during the same period from six per cent to three per cent.
In more than 1,000 neighbourhoods with at least 30 crimes, the police failed to catch and punish any of the suspects.
The Met police said: “Solving crime is a key priority for the Met.
“Burglary presents particular challenges and we accept there is more work to be done — and are always seeking ways to increase the number of crimes we solve.
The force also said it was putting a “huge amount of effort” into tackling moped-related crime.
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