Cambridgeshire police visit homes at risk of burglary in crackdown

Cambridgeshire Constabulary.

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Police are visiting homes at risk of being burgled as part of a crime crackdown in the county.

Officers are seeking properties left unsecured or otherwise vulnerable to burglary as part of Operation Hunter.

Op Hunter crackdown - photo by Cambridgeshire Constabulary

Op Hunter crackdown - photo by Cambridgeshire Constabulary

The operation has been launched to reduce the number of burglaries in Cambridgeshire, which last year rose during November, December and January.

Burglary prevention activity is taking place across the county with officers patrolling hot spot areas and visiting residents to offer home security surveys.

Residents whose homes are at risk, for example due to open windows or being obviously unoccupied, will be given advice and crime prevention material.

Crime safety officer Carol Aston said: “Detectives are working hard to identify burglars and bring them to justice but the other main strand of our work is around prevention.

“We are seeking out those homes that are most at risk of being burgled, whether it be their location or they have been left unsecure.

“Our main aim is to raise awareness of what can be done to make your home uninviting to burglars.”

In the three months from August to October last year, there were 569 dwelling burglaries in the county, compared to 628 during the following three months (November-January), a rise of more than 10 per cent.

Burglary is a top priority for the force because it leaves victims and whole communities feeling vulnerable and can have a massive impact on their lives.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

For more information on burglary prevention visit http://www.cambs-police.co.uk/GetCloser/Burglary.asp.