New drive to cut post office robberies

By Danielle NuttallCrime CorrespondentPOLICE are to relaunch a campaign to stop criminals robbing post offices and premises containing cash machines.

By Danielle Nuttall

Crime Correspondent

POLICE are to relaunch a campaign to stop criminals robbing post offices and premises containing cash machines.

Operation Arctic will see high-visibility police patrols outside post offices and stores containing cash machines across Suffolk, Norfolk, and Cambridgeshire.

The campaign will be launched on Monday and has been timed to coincide with the clocks going back, when darker evenings provide criminals with extra cover for their crimes.

In Suffolk, officers will be calling at every post office in the county and advising staff on what proactive measures they can take to prevent a robbery as well as what to do if criminals strike.

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There will also be more ground patrols and the force helicopter will be used to create a greater police presence in these areas.

Posters and information packs are currently being distributed to post offices and premises with cash machines as part of the campaign.

Special postcards have also been sent to homes surrounding post offices asking homeowners to note the details of any unusual vehicles parked nearby and to contact the police with their suspicions.

Detective Chief Inspector Stuart Hudson, of Suffolk police, said: “This operation has been put in place regionally to target those offenders who commit cross border offences.

“We are working closely with colleagues in Cambridgeshire and Norfolk to ensure that if a robbery is committed anywhere in the region, there will be a co-ordinated response from all police forces

“Suffolk has made tackling violent crime its priority, although Suffolk is a very safe county and relatively few robberies are committed here, we are not complacent and will do all that we can to tackle this problem.

“I hope Operation Arctic will not only deter offenders, but will put in place effective measures to ensure that everything possible is done to secure an early conviction of those offenders who do decide to commit this type of offence.”

Anyone with information about a post office robbery should contact Suffolk police on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.