Police have solved only about a quarter of the 26,316 crimes reported in Gloucestershire, it was revealed today.
Almost 20,000 criminals have got away with their offences with just 6,652 of the year's reported crimes solved so far.
The only good news from the statistics issued today is that there has been been a sizeable reduction in the number of crimes committed compared with 2012.
Crime has fallen by about 2,000 offences since last year.
One burglary victim from Abbeydale, Gloucester, whose house was rifled through and precious jewellery taken earlier this year, said: