23 October 2012
Protect your House’ and ‘Help us catch the burglar’, those are
the messages from Suffolk Police as they launch ‘Operation
The Operation, launched today, Tuesday 23rd October, is aimed at
reducing the number of house burglaries happening in the
The campaign aims to reduce the number of these offences by
encouraging homeowners to take simple measures to protect their
house, and to increase the amount of crimes ‘solved’ by calling
upon members of the public to provide police with crucial
information to help bring those responsible to justice.
The launch of the campaign coincides with the end of British
Summer time, when the clocks go back this Sunday. As darkness will
descend earlier in the day, homeowners are reminded to light up
their homes and deter would-be burglars.
Tackling burglary is a key priority for police. Despite latest
figures (to the end of September) revealing a 15% drop in this type
of crime, the distress and upset it causes victims means that it
remains a top concern.
Dedicated teams will be working across the county to stop
offenders by carrying out high visibility patrols in affected
areas, gathering intelligence on those responsible and visiting
homes or shops where the handling of stolen goods is suspected.
Countywide, an average of 158 burglaries occur every month,
leaving distressed victims having to cope with the consequences.
Traditionally, the number of offences starts to increase in
November and December, when winter arrives, so this is the time
police are asking communities to take action.
Temporary Detective Chief Inspector Bernie Morgan said, “It is
pleasing to note that burglaries are currently on the decrease, but
just one is too many. We are determined to bring these figures down
even further and identify those responsible.
“When someone enters your property uninvited and takes your
personal possessions it can be extremely traumatic for victims and
we want to make sure that wherever possible, we stop would-be
burglars from having the chance to carry out this offence.
“Burglars look for quick win opportunities, so often very simple
measures can deter them from trying to enter a home. Simply leaving
a light on, especially now that the darker nights are upon us, will
give the impression someone is at home.
“Timer switches can also be fitted to operate radios and lights
if you’re not back from work until after dark or if you’re away for
a few days.
“A high proportion of all break-ins are as a result of
properties being left insecure so checking all windows and doors
are locked before leaving the house is crucial. Remember, ‘close
it, lock it, and check it.’ Install a burglar alarm and make sure
you never leave a spare key under the doormat or a flowerpot.
Burglars will always look there first.”
Police will be taking serious action against anyone suspected of
carrying out a burglary and they want members of the public to help
them in catching those responsible.
T/DCI Morgan continues, “We have found that certain individuals
who carry out these offences are often responsible for numerous
burglaries, so we are using developing crime scene technology to
help us in making connections between incidents and bring those
responsible to justice.
“Alongside this, we need members of the public to call us as
soon as they see any suspicious activity in their area, to let us
know if they see anyone hanging around a house they don’t believe
should be there, or if they know of anyone selling goods they
expect to be stolen.
“My message to burglars is clear, we will not tolerate this
offence and we will do all we can to stop you. If you engage in
this sought of crime you will be arrested and the likelihood is
that you will go to prison. With the help of our communities, we
will do this and ensure that we keep our county safe.”
Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor for the East of England Crown
Prosecution Service, Paula Abrahams said:
“We are happy to support this campaign which raises awareness
about this type of crime and the significant impact it can have on
people’s lives and helps to highlight any preventative measures
that can be taken to safeguard against this particular offence.
“We are pleased to report that the CPS in Suffolk has a very
high rate of successful prosecutions for offences of burglary, some
92% in the Crown Court and the same in the Magistrates Court for
2012 to date. However, there is always more that can be done and we
are committed to continuing to improve our success in prosecuting
“Burglaries affect people’s quality of life long after the crime
is committed so by continuing to work with the police and other
partner agencies we will endeavour to support strategies aimed at
reducing this type of crime and continue to bring offenders to
If you have any information in relation to burglaries or the
handling of stolen goods, call Suffolk Police on
101. In an emergency dial 999, or
to report information anonymously, call Crimestoppers on
0800 555 111. Full crime prevention is available