The number of break-ins reported across the South East has fallen by 16% after Sussex, Surrey, Kent and Thames Valley Police launched their first joint campaign by police forces to tackle the issue. However, the decrease in burglaries in Sussex alone was less dramatic, with a fall from 239 compared to 256 in 2013.
The campaign was timed to coincide with Bonfire Night, which traditionally kicks offs a break-in spree for criminals. Statistics from the last five years reveal there are more burglaries in that period than at any other time of the year.
The three-week campaign ran from 27 October to 16 November and involved operations by detectives from across the forces, crime prevention roadshows and officers from different departments and divisions working together to hunt for burglary suspects.
Detective Chief Inspector Tanya Jones, of Sussex Police, said:
The campaign has been a great success both in catching burglars and encouraging people to make their homes less attractive to offenders.
We have run a series of cross-border operations, shared intelligence with our neighbouring forces and generally developed a closer way of working that is helping us now in the future to tackle burglary.
Burglaries are very distressing for victims and can cause them worry and upset for months or even years after they have been targeted. Some are left feel unsafe even in their own homes. We are determined to reduce the number of people who have to suffer at the hands of these offenders.
The campaign may have finished but we will continue to target suspects and work with the public to make it harder for criminals to earn a living through burglary in Sussex.
Police forces in Sussex are currently hunting a gang of burglars who have broken into almost 100 homes across the south east, including seven in Crowborough. A reward of over £10,000 has been offered for information which leads to their arrest.
For crime prevention advice visit www.sussex.police.uk.
Residents are also encouraged to register their items on the world’s largest property database so that if they are stolen, they can be reunited with the owners – and so the offenders can be prosecuted.
You can register your property in just a few minutes by visiting www.immobilise.com.