POLICE LAUNCH OPERATION TO TACKLE BURGLARY
|MERSEYSIDE POLICE BURGLARY APPEAL UPDATE 1|
|A 31-year-old man has presented himself at a police station and has been arrested today on suspicion of burglary. This is as a direct result of Merseyside Police’s burglary campaign.|
Police today (Wednesday 10 September 2014) have released mug shots of their 10 most wanted in a bid to keep burglary down in Merseyside.
This marks the launch of a three-month long police operation to tackle an anticipated rise in the number of burglaries.
Leading the operation, Superintendent Chris Markey said: “As the nights draw in, shorter days mean that houses are left in darkness for longer periods of time, giving the speculative burglar more opportunities to break in.
“Burglaries are down year-on-year and there are more than 1000 fewer victims than three years ago, which equates to a 14 per cent decrease. However, during the months of October, November and December we do see the numbers rise by as much as 25 per cent, compared to the rest of the year.”
The operation will see police tracking down offenders and disrupting their day-to-day activities. Police patrols will be stepped up in hotspot areas and police teams across Merseyside will be out and about providing home owners with advice on how to keep their property safe.
“I want to send a clear message to those individuals who are committing burglaries that there will be no hiding place. We will use all the tools we have available to us to track them down and bring them to justice.”
Police work hard throughout the year bringing these criminals to justice, but householders also have a part to play.
“One in five burglaries is down to insecurities and burglars will always take the easy option. It only takes a few minutes for them to get in through an open window or door. Many burglaries are preventable by simply locking doors and shutting windows,” concludes Superintendent Markey.
Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy said: “Being burgled is about more than a family losing their possessions, it can also rob a victim of the sense of being safe in their own home.
“Merseyside Police have been very successful in reducing the number of burglaries over recent years, but I am pleased that they are never complacent. They are aware that there can be a seasonal rise in the number of burglaries as the days become shorter and the nights longer.
“This crime prevention campaign warns those who break into people’s homes to steal their belongings and destroy their feeling of safety and security; ‘You will be pursued and you will be caught’. I am also urging people to take a few simple precautions to protect their homes this autumn.”
Police advice is also to lock front and back doors, even when you’re in and use an alarm if you have one. Light timers are also an effective tool to give the impression that someone is at home and that sheds and garages are locked.
Officers are asking those who are wanted, or anyone who knows of their whereabouts to contact Merseyside Police on 101. People can also speak to Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
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