December 12 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
A purge on thieves has seen burglary detection rates soar and a sharp decrease in break-ins, Suffolk police said today.
The rise of the clear-up rates over the past 12 months from 16.2% to 22% is compares favourable with other forces in England and Wales with current Suffolk detection rates touching 25%.
A total of 387 break-ins have been solved over the last year, up from the 288 the previous year.
Under the campaign banner of Operation Drawbridge, which was launched on October 23 last year, officers have focussed on targeting prolific offenders.
County-wide days of action have been carried out where officers have executed warrants, seized stolen goods, and made arrests.
Coupled with this, Suffolk Constabulary’s Operation Converter team, which is tasked with seeking additional admissions, has been working with charged offenders to have offences taken into consideration.
According to police figures between October 23, 2012, and October 22, 2013, there were 1,760 burglaries in Suffolk, compared to 1,777 during the previous 12-month period.
In comparison with the three-year average of 1,917, there have been 157 fewer burglaries.
Detective Chief Inspector Bernie Morgan said: “The results from over the past 12 months are extremely encouraging. Some excellent work has been carried out by officers and we have seen some prolific offenders locked up.
“Also, throughout the year we have been re-emphasising our crime prevention messages, ensuring people take the necessary precautions and consider the security of their homes and possessions.
“Our detection rates are considerably higher than the national average which is currently sitting at between 15-17%.
“The one-year anniversary of Operation Drawbridge ties in nicely with the clocks going back this coming weekend and we would remind people to consider setting up lights on timers to give the impression that your home is occupied when it gets dark.
“Burglars love to work under the cover of darkness and will target unlit homes where it appears no one is home. Small changes like having lights on in various rooms of your home and leaving a radio switched on can give the impression that someone is home.
“We know that being a victim of a burglary is one of the things that concerns people the most and with our continued enforcement and people continuing to make crime prevention measures I am sure that burglary rates will continue to fall.”
Anyone who sees suspicious activity or believes a crime is in progress is urged to telephone 999. Anyone with information about a crime should call 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.