Don’t get stung by a bur­glar

Think like a thief to se­cure the weak spots in your home

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Steve Bax steve.bax@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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

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