Thousands of Valley homes targeted twice by burglars
‘Figures show a strong possibility of people being repeat victims’
MORE than 4,500 homes in Thames Valley were burgled more than once between 2008 and 2013.
Figures from police forces across England and Wales show that, over the five-year period, one in 10 burgled homes in the Thames Valley area had been targeted at least once before.
The charity Victim Support and security company ADT are working together on a campaign called Take No More, aimed at tackling burglary within the UK.
The project aims to provide crime prevention schemes, increase awareness in support services and help victims get justice in court.
Gail Hunter, spokesman for ADT, said: “Burglary can be a terrible experience and, disappointingly, the figures show there is a strong possibility of being burgled again.
“Our aim is to deter burglars and give people peace of mind. We want to work with communities that have suffered high levels of burglary to offer crime prevention advice and reduce the risk of repeat victimisation.”
Karen Froggatt, a director at Victim Support, added: “Thousands of homes are being blighted by burglaries. Getting burgled once can be devastating, but to be burgled multiple times is, understandably, extremely difficult for victims to recover from.
“Victims tell us they suffer far more than lost possessions. They lose their sense of safety in their own homes.
“Repeat victimisation can have a long-lasting and widespread impact on lives. That’s why it’s so important that victims of burglary can get practical help and have someone to talk to when they do experience this awful crime.”
Thames Valley Police offers advice for all homeowners and works to reduce burglary offences year on year.
“Domestic burglary is a distressing and devastating crime that can have a significant impact on the family,” said a spokesman for the force.
“It can take a long time to come to terms with the loss of personal possessions as well as the loss of confidence that a stranger has been in your home.
“Many burglars are opportunist thieves looking for homes or business premises that offer them the least caught.
“The majority of burglaries can be prevented by taking simple security measures.”
Advice includes householders ensuring doors and windows are always secure and fitting alarms and security lights.
More information can be found at www. thamesvalley. police.uk/home-gardensecurity.
Of the 43 police forces asked for figures, 25 responded to the request under the Freedom of Information Act.
Of those, Thames Valley had the fifth highest number of houses burgled more than once, and lay in 14th position out of the 25 for the percentage of addresses with repeat burglaries.
Bedfordshire Police reported that in the six years from January 2008 to December 2013, one property had been burgled on nine occasions and 22 addresses had been burgled five times each.