Copy of email received Tuesday 2nd November, 2010
District's Autumn Crime Campaign Underway
Tuesday November 2, 2010
A series of early morning police raids across the Wakefield district has heralded some of the items Recovered at the start of a new crime-busting campaign.
Wakefield District Police fired the first salvo in their new autumn initiative to prevent burglary visiting more than 500 addresses in locations across the district in recent weeks and arresting 134 people so far on suspicion of burglary and other related offences.
The operation is timed to coincide with the end of British Summer Time last weekend when the clocks went back and traditionally there can be a rise in burglaries.
Detective Chief Inspector Dean Henson said police had drawn up a hit list of known burglars who would be targeted with around-the-clock checks in the coming weeks to stop them re-offending.
Neighbourhood Policing Teams will be out on patrol across the district and will target vulnerable households with crime prevention advice as well as working with CASAC (Community Action and Support Against Crime) to improve security at the homes of elderly burglary victims who do not live in Wakefield and District Housing properties.
DCI Henson said: “Criminals who commit offences across the Wakefield district should know that we are on to them and will take firm action, as always, against them in the coming months.
“At this time of year there is traditionally an increase
in the number of burglaries with the clocks going back. Houses are
particularly vulnerable from mid afternoon onwards when burglars can
easily identify unoccupied houses. Taking a few simple precautions can
reduce the opportunity for
“We will be doing everything we can to try and prevent burglary but we’d urge householders to help protect themselves by improving the lighting at their homes and ensuring they heed crime prevention advice.”
Police today issued the following security advice to
householders to help reduce the risk of an attack:
• Use lighting outside the house at both the front and back. Fit low energy dusk to dawn lights. They are cheap to install and run. They will lighten up any areas that would be burglars could use to hide, and they don't annoy your neighbours.
DCI Henson added: “This is just the start of out campaign which will take us from autumn into the winter months. The cloak of darkness is ideal cover for criminals allowing them to feel comfortable - we will be doing everything we can to expose them and make them feel uncomfortable."
The operation is supported by the Force's latest crime
prevention campaign - The Usual Suspects - which urges residents to give
burglars a tough time by taking basic security precautions.
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