People would expect the highest security measures London's royal palaces. However, an "astonishing" statistic recently released revealed that the past three years, hundreds crimes have taken place or near royal households, with the majority going unpunished. London's Metropolitan Police reported that 470 offences were recorded Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace, St James' Palace and Clarence House 2019 and 2021. The latter abode is home to Charles, Prince Wales, who is heir to the British throne. The crimes included arson, theft, drugs possession, robbery, and violence a person. Less than one per cent the crimes led to anyone being cautioned, fined or charged.
Dai Davies, a former Head Royal Protection, said the number crimes reported was "frightening". He told Britain's Sky News: "If you can steal or cause incidents or near the royals, what does that say the current security? If these offences have an impact the personal safety of the royals, that would give me great concern." The Metropolitan Police replied: "The Met has responsibility security in and around the royal palaces, but we will not comment matters relating to security." It added: "The majority offences committed at or within the vicinity the palaces were thefts. Officers will always endeavour to pursue all viable and proportionate lines enquiry."