Police clampdown to cut the risk of Christmas burglary
ADDITIONAL DETECTIVES ASSIGNED TO TARGET KNOWN OFFENDERS
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.
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.”