Don’t get stung by a burglar
Think like a thief to secure the weak spots in your home
THE Metropolitan Police is urging residents to “think like a burglar” to spot security weak spots and prevent yourself becoming a victim of crime.
Officers say there is typically a 25 per cent rise in residential burglary offences during autumn and winter.
Operation Bumblebee was launched last week which will see officers intensifying their work to target offenders, prevent incidents and encourage Londoners to implement crime prevention advice.
Commander Simon Letchford, leading Operation Bumblebee, said: “We are urging Londoners to take action to safeguard their homes by following simple crime prevention advice.
“By thinking like a burglar, and noticing and addressing where your home and possessions may be vulnerable, you can reduce the chances of it happening to you.”
He added: “Burglary can be a very traumatic experience and have a long-lasting impact on victims. The Met is working hard every day to prevent offences, arrest offenders and support victims.
“We have introduced innovative methods to identify and target offenders, including the use of traceable liquids, which will benefit 440,000 homes across London over the next three years.”
The Met says burglaries are at the lowest they have been since 1974, but still too high as far as the force is concerned.
As part of Operation Bumblebee, officers will use established tactics and new technology such as SmartWater. This entails residents being given a kit to mark their property with a liquid containing a unique code identifiable to any police officer or second hand goods buyer.
In total, 440,000 kits will be distributed over the next three years.
Police will also use predictive crime mapping – taking historic crime data to models likely locations for future offences – and using specialist manhunt teams to track down the most evasive wanted suspects.
There will also be high visibility patrols will take place in burglary hot spots, say the Met.
Latest figures for the last 12 months up to July 2015 show that burglary fell by 10.5 per cent across London compared with the previous rolling 12 months, with 8,532 fewer offences.
BE SECURE: Try thinking like a burglar, say the Met officers