Police operation sees Christmas crime drop in Peterborough

Cambridgeshire Constabulary.
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‘Operation Criswell’, launched to tackle pre-Christmas crime cross Peterborough has been hailed a success.

The operation launched by Cambridgeshire police to tackle crime in the northern sector of the city between 1 December and Christmas Eve.

It targeted offences including shoplifting, vehicle crime and theft at Brotherhood Retail Park, the Bretton Centre, Loxley Centre in Werrington and Chadburn Centre in Paston.

Police say during the course of the operation, total crime in the northern sector fell from 19 offences in 2013 to 15 in 2014.

Shoplifting is said to have fallen from 14 crimes to 12 and theft from person dropped from five to three.

PC Rob Reay, who ran the operation, said one aim was to increase public confidence.

He added: “It is great that crime dropped but I also had numerous members of public coming up to me and saying how nice it was to see police officers out and about and approachable.

“I would like to thank the three volunteers who provided a total of 64 hours’ work.”