Just seven per cent of reported crimes led to anybody being charged last year, according to new figures.
And violent crime saw less than seven per cent resulting in a charge or summons to court while sexual offences saw just 3.5 per cent in positive outcomes for victims.
According to the latest data published recently there were 4,336,643 recorded offences up to March 2021 in England and Wales, compared to 5,003,557 the previous year.
Of those just 315,158 led to either a charge or a summons to court.
More than 1.5million of these, the largest proportion, resulted in no suspect ever being identified for the crime.
Crime involving “violence against the person” saw just 6.8 per cent of cases being charged or leading to a summons to court.
The report reads: “Police recorded crime figures for the year ending March 2021 have been significantly affected by the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
“Across the whole year ending year March 2021, there was a 13 per cent fall in total police recorded crime (excluding fraud).
“The scale of reduction varied by crime type with the largest falls seen in theft (down 32 per cent) with smaller falls in sexual offences (down 10 per cent) and no change in violence against the person offences (0 per cent).
“There was a large increase in drug offences (13 per cent) compared with the previous year.”
The Sun reports that Sarah Jones, shadow policing minister, said of the data: “Under Conservatives, criminals have never had it so good.
“It is shocking so many crimes don’t even lead to a charge and victims of the most serious violent offences, like rape, are being denied justice. Labour would put victims first, boost community policing and bring criminals to justice.”
The Home Office said the pandemic has “significantly affected” crime figures with a 13 per cent fall in total police recorded crime, not including fraud.
While theft statistics fell in lockdown, there was no reduction in violent crimes.
It comes after Boris Johnson announced a new blueprint for tackling crime, called the Beating Crime Plan.
It includes plans for every neighbourhood in England and Wales to have a “named and contactable police officer” and league tables showing forces’ success in hitting 999 response targets.
Alcohol tags – which detect booze in the sweat of offenders guilty of drink-fuelled crime – will be piloted on criminals leaving jails in Wales.
Restrictions on stop and search powers will be removed to battle knife crime, allowing officers to search someone without reasonable grounds in an area where serious violence is expected.
But the Police Federation said officers were “sick of gimmicks” and demanded proper investment after a decade of Tory cuts.