Crimestop­pers’ bid to cut crime in golden tri­an­gle

Loughborough Echo - - NEWS - By Megan Cox megan.cox@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A CRIME-pre­vent­ing cam­paign has been launched in a stu­dent­pop­u­lated area of Lough­bor­ough which saw a 100 per cent in­crease in bur­glar­ies over two years.

Crimestop­pers’ anti-bur­glary cam­paign is en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to call-in with in­for­ma­tion about bur­glar­ies or any­one deal­ing in stolen prop­erty.

The char­ity says be­tween 2014 and 2016 there was more than a 100 per cent in­crease in bur­glar­ies in the stu­dent ‘golden tri­an­gle’ in the last four months of the year.

The bor­ough coun­cil told the Echo the fig­ures re­fer to beat 62 (Lough­bor­ough Cen­tral) which in­cludes the town cen­tre, Ashby Road and Thorpe Acre.

Crimestop­pers says the start of the new univer­sity year can pro­vide a boon to bur­glars with many stu­dents not al­ways tak­ing proper safe­guard­ing steps.

Funded by the Charn­wood Com­mu­nity Safety Part­ner­ship, the cam­paign will fo­cus on hash­tags #Dontlet­themin and #Leavey­ourlight­son as the ba­sis of a so­cial me­dia cam­paign, to be fol­lowed up with tar­geted mo­bile phone ad­ver­tis­ing.

Ly­dia Pat­salides, East Mid­lands re­gional man­ager, said: “Los­ing per­sonal items is bad enough, but the knowl­edge that a stranger has in­vaded your home can leave peo­ple feel­ing ner­vous and wor­ried.

“This is why we are en­cour­ag­ing lo­cal peo­ple to ring Crimestop­pers with in­for­ma­tion be­cause it can be passed on anony­mously, mak­ing it a very safe way of pro­vid­ing in­for­ma­tion with­out any reprisals. We would ask peo­ple to be vig­i­lant and report sus­pi­cious be­hav­iour quickly.”

A Charn­wood Bor­ough Coun­cil spokesman said: “We would en­cour­age peo­ple to take sen­si­ble steps to look af­ter items and se­cure their prop­er­ties which will help de­ter bur­glars. ”

• Crimestop­pers can be con­tacted anony­mously on 0800 555 111 or via crimestop­pers-uk.org/give-info. If you spot a bur­glary in progress al­ways call 999.

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