Po­lice clam­p­down to cut the risk of Christ­mas bur­glary

AD­DI­TIONAL DE­TEC­TIVES AS­SIGNED TO TAR­GET KNOWN OF­FEND­ERS

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

BUR­GLARS have been given a yo, ho, NO warn­ing by the po­lice.

A bur­glary ini­tia­tive is run­ning in south Kent in a bid to help re­duce the risk of break-ins.

The move aims to dis­rupt and tar­get of­fend­ers and de­ter crime.

Dur­ing De­cem­ber, as well as the nor­mal po­lice re­sponse and at­ten­dance to bur­glary crime, two ex­tra de­tec­tives from Tac­ti­cal CID will re­spond to calls where houses have been bro­ken into.

The aim is to gather ev­i­dence to iden­tify of­fend­ers as quickly as pos­si­ble, and to pro­vide re­as­sur­ance and sup­port to vic­tims.

Of­fi­cers will also be pa­trolling ar­eas that have seen a slight rise in bur­glar­ies in the past sev­eral weeks in­clud­ing Hawkinge in Shep­way and God­in­ton Park, Great Chart, Mer­sham and Sev­ing­ton in Ash­ford.

Pa­trol and neigh­bour­hood of­fi­cers have been briefed about of­fend­ers sus­pected of break­ing into peo­ple’s homes and of­fi­cers will be tar­get­ing of­fend­ers and car­ry­ing out search war­rants to dis­rupt them.

Po­lice say the ini­tia­tive is aimed at crack­ing down on op­por­tunist thieves who see Christ­mas as a time for rich pick­ings.

Cur­tains

They ad­vise the pub­lic to:

Avoid leav­ing presents or your sat nav in your car.

Draw your cur­tains in the evenings so thieves aren’t tempted by the presents un­der your Christ­mas tree.

Use a timer to switch your lights and ra­dio on and off to make your house look oc­cu­pied while you’re out.

Lock doors and win­dows and avoid leav­ing bags and car keys near win­dows;

Don’t leave the boxes that gifts have come pack­aged in out­side your house by your wheelie bin, the box alone can tell some­one what sort of prop­erty is in­side your house.

Avoid keep­ing large amounts of cash at home.

Det Sgt Pip Richardson who is lead­ing the ini­tia­tive said: “South Kent has the low­est bur­glary rate in the county, with 4.1 per 1,000 house­holds in Oc­to­ber 2009.

“The chances of be­ing a vic­tim of bur­glary in South Kent is rel­a­tively low, but we are not com­pla­cent, We know bur­glars and thieves can use the fes­tive sea­son to com­mit crime and we will we work­ing rig­or­ously to keep bur­glary and crime down.”

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