Police warning as three burglars freed

POLICE have warned homeowners to take crime prevention measures after revealing three prolific burglars are set to be released from jail.Supt Jon Brighton, of Suffolk police, said all three men were due to return to their homes in west Suffolk over the next few weeks.

By James Mortlock

POLICE have warned homeowners to take crime prevention measures after revealing three prolific burglars are set to be released from jail.

Supt Jon Brighton, of Suffolk police, said all three men were due to return to their homes in west Suffolk over the next few weeks.

They will be closely monitored by the police and receive assistance from the likes of probation and drugs workers to help them reintegrate back into the community and not reoffend.


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But officers remain concerned that they may commit further crimes.

Supt Brighton said: “Since 2000, burglary figures in the west have fallen significantly from 677 to 487 in 2006, but these three men, should they choose to re-offend, have the potential to undo all the hard work.

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“Nationally, just 5,000 offenders commit almost 10% of all crime every year, so it is vital that we stop prolific offenders in Suffolk by helping the public protect their property and by helping offenders themselves.”

He said the public could make a big difference by making their homes less attractive to burglars and simple measures could stop offenders from breaking in.

Supt Brighton said: “One of the most important messages is to keep doors and windows locked, even if you are at home. Burglary as a result of insecurity is still a significant issue for our community. Consider lights on timers, and make sure curtains are drawn appropriately for the time of day when you leave to give the impression you are at home.

“Over the forthcoming months we will be doing focused crime reduction work in vulnerable areas. Crime prevention advice can also be obtained from your police Crime Reduction Officer - who can advise you of simple measures such as never writing down your pin number, as some offenders will steal cash cards to withdraw money.”

In partnership with the police, the local borough and district councils are providing free security upgrades to those over 60, who are receiving benefits or are disabled, with discounts for others in some areas.

Approved contractors will visit homes to fit locks, chains, viewers, timer switches and other security devices.

Supt Brighton added: “Suffolk remains a safe county, but any burglary is one too many. By following these simple steps we can make our homes less attractive to burglars, and reduce the number of offences even further.”

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