Po­lice chief hits out at bur­glary fig­ures

Long term fig­ures are down de­spite re­cent spike

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Alexan­der Ballinger

HILLING­DON’S po­lice chief has re­sponded to the re­cent spike in bur­glary of­fences, point­ing out the fiveyear trend of de­clin­ing thefts.

In a state­ment, bor­ough com­man­der with Hilling­don Po­lice Colin Win­grove said there had been a drop of 1,559 bur­glar­ies in the past five years.

How­ever, in 2016 there were 107 more of­fences than in 2015, which is a 5% in­crease.

He said: “Fol­low­ing the re­cent in­crease in bur­glary of­fences, I would like to re­as­sure you of the mea­sures we are ac­tively work­ing on to tar­get bur­glars, and re­duce bur­glary of­fend­ing in Hilling­don Bor­ough to keep res­i­dents safe.

“The long-term trend has been down and what we are cur­rently deal­ing with is a sea­sonal rise.

“Be­hind ev­ery statis­tic is a per­son who has suf­fered a bur­glary and we are de­ter­mined to con­tinue to re­duce these of­fences and catch and con­vict of­fend­ers.

“When a bur­glary does oc­cur, not only do we en­sure we take ev­ery in­ves­tiga­tive op­por­tu­nity to solve it, we also task the neigh­bour­hood of­fi­cers to un­der­take ‘co­coon­ing’, which in­volves a fol­low up visit as well as vis­its to neigh­bour­ing prop­er­ties to make aware and also to check for po­ten­tial wit­nesses.”

Supt Win­grove said that Hilling­don Po­lice are tar­get­ing re­peat lo­ca­tions and of­fend­ers us­ing plain clothes of­fi­cers, num­ber plate recog­ni­tion, CCTV, foren­sics and in­tel­li­gence.

Uni­formed of­fi­cer pres­ence has been in­creased and the Met Trace pre­ven­tion scheme has also been em­braced.

Met Trace is the rolling out of free SmartWater kits used for mark­ing prop­erty to one in seven homes across London.

Nearly 2,300 kits have been handed out since April last year.

Supt Win­grove also pointed a num­ber of re­cent suc­cess­ful bur­glary re­lated ar­rests.

On Satur­day Jan­uary 21, three sus­pects were ar­rested from the gar­den of a prop­erty in Ruis­lip Gar­dens.

This in­ves­ti­ga­tion on­go­ing. is

‘RE­AS­SUR­ANCES’: Hilling­don Po­lice Com­man­der Colin Win­grove

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