Police forces across the UK are urged to dispatch officers to every break-in scene after three break-ins have dramatically decreased.
The armed forces in Greater Manchester, Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire have all made public commitments to dispatch an officer to every break-in to help combat the number of unsolved crimes.
Since the emergency services have confirmed that the approach has a visible impact on the number of break-ins in their counties, the ministers believe that the results show that national implementation of the strategy is warranted.
A government source told the Daily Telegraph, “This is good policing. The public expects the police to use the avenues available to prevent and detect crime.
“Not only can you talk to the victims, which is important from a reassuring point of view, but you can also take forensic information such as fingerprints. Most of these people are repeat offenders. “
The Northamptonshire Police’s Operation Crooked aims to make the county a “hostile environment” for burglars and has cut household break-ins by 48 percent, according to the Telegraph.
Within two years, the number of break-ins fell from 5,500 to 2,850.
As part of their operation, Northamptonshire Police also released named photos and requested appeals for six of their most prolific burglars.
Ministers are urged to create a national police policy with officers dispatched to the site whenever there is a break-in across the UK as three forces find the method cuts in
Last month police hit the headlines when they sent Christmas cards to known or suspected burglars advising a crime-free Christmas
The Telegraph also reports that the break-in detection rate in Bedfordshire almost tripled from 8.2 percent when it was launched to 22.8 percent last November.
Overall, there were around 34 fewer home burglaries on average each month in Bedfordshire in 2021 compared to the previous year.
Police also said hotspot areas across Bedfordshire had almost 100 fewer break-ins as the clocks went down – a time normally sought by burglars.
The dramatic decline in the number of break-ins in Bedfordshire coincides with the fact that the reported break-in rate doubled compared to the average in November.
As part of their strategy, the police wrote to nearly 40,000 households in areas identified as having a higher break-in rate.
Those letters contained advice on crime prevention that coincided with the declining clocks, which historically can see a surge in break-ins as the nights get darker earlier.
According to Bedfordshire Police, there were 93 fewer home break-ins in these areas in October and November last year compared to the same two months in 2020.
As part of Operation Crooked, Northamptonshire Police last month sent Christmas cards (pictured) to known intruders in the area warning them of a “crime-free Christmas”
Under the banner of Operation Maze, the troops have undertaken to send a detective every time a break-in is made and to hold out the prospect of every break-in into a frequently attacked area and those with vulnerable victims or witnesses.
Detective Superintendent William Hodgkinson said in a statement: “We are determined to fight break-ins from every angle.
“We’re investing in our fantastic Burglary Squadron, Operation Maze, and we want to double the number of detectives working in this unit over the next year.
“But we’re also creative in how we alert our communities that they are becoming a hostile target for opportunistic thieves.
“There are a few simple steps you can take to keep your home safe. If you have any information, please report it – all reports go into our intelligence systems, helping us build a complete picture of break-ins across the county and take action. ‘
The initiative is expected to expand to the armed forces across the country as the tactics used demonstrate that it is effective.
Priti Patel said the Northamptonshire Police and Bedfordshire Police approaches have contributed to a 30 percent decrease in the total number of burglaries recorded
Home Secretary Priti Patel told the Telegraph: “It is thanks to forces like Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire who are focused on getting back to basics of policing that we will continue to reduce neighborhood crime such as break-ins, which by more than 30 Percent in the past two years. ‘
Greater Manchester Police said the approach would be rolled out to police following the release of the government’s plan to fight crime last summer.
When they launched Operation Castle, the force said in a statement at the time: “GMP has volunteered to work with the government to assess the benefits of sending a police officer to every break-in in major cities in the Greater Manchester area.
Greater Manchester Police stepped up the operation in October – back before the clocks – and said they would continue to send an officer into the home on any break-in.
Superintendent Dave Pester, GMP Tactical Director for Operation Castle, said, “Burglary is one of the most intrusive forms of crime a person can experience – whether it is your home, your school, or the business you start.
“That is why Operation Castle was developed, and I want to reaffirm our commitment to using a police officer every time a break-in – be it in residential areas or elsewhere in the community.
Greater Manchester Police launched Operation Castle last year as part of the government’s crime-fighting plan to reduce crime in the neighborhood. Pictured: Greater Manchester Police HQ
‘This new renewed commitment to GMP means we actively target, arrest and bring burglars to justice because we know the misery they can cause in our communities.
“For every burglary reported to us, we stand ready to take decisive action to combat this serious crime, and every report is investigated – using a full range of assets from across the police force, including our forensic teams, to identify the perpetrators where possible and deliver. ” Support of advice on crime prevention and victim support. ‘
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