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Burglary rise in Cambridgeshire

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Published by the KLFM News Team at 5:00am 13th March 2018.

Police launch new campaign as burglaries rise in Cambridgeshire.

Officers will be targeting offenders in Operation Aware which kicks off today (March 12th). 

Burglary is a top priority as the crime has risen in the past year, reflecting a national trend.

In the 12 months to the end of February, there were 2869 dwelling burglaries, a 34% rise compared to 2142 the year before.

Detective Chief Inspector Ian Simmons said:

“Burglary has been a force priority for some time but Operation Aware and the day of action are about ensuring we are doing everything we can to catch those responsible for offences in Cambridgeshire and making it as hard as possible for those at large.

“Burglaries are not just about the things stolen but the devastating impact that someone invading your home can have.

"It is something that leaves victims feeling very vulnerable over a protracted period of time.

“We are committed to protecting people from this distress and every burglar we can take off the streets reduces the risk of there being further victims.”

Officers will be carrying out warrants to arrest suspects and making "we're watching you" visits made to others involved in burglaries. 

They will also be visiting residents to encourage property registration and marking in areas that are affected by the crime. 

However, DCI Simmons said detectives also need the public’s help and urged residents to take "one more step” to make their homes more burglar-proof:

“I would encourage householders to take a look at the crime prevention advice on our force website and just take that one extra step towards protecting their home and property.

“It could be locking doors and windows at all times, particularly as spring approaches, or downloading tracking software on tablets and phones. 

DCI Simmons said householders should avoid keeping large quantities of high value jewellery or gold at home and, if possible, invest in a safety deposit facility:

“If your property has a garage, please store your vehicle securely in it, especially if it is of high value and high performance. 

“It is important to remain vigilant, but householders should not be alarmed – the risk of being burgled in Cambridgeshire remains low and with a few sensible precautions residents can do a significant amount to lessen that risk still further.”

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