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Essex: Police lauch autumn burglary prevention campaign
10:00am Wednesday 23rd October 2013 in News
Essex Police has launched its autumn burglary prevention campaign.
It has been started in an effort to tackle the usual seasonal rise in burglary that comes with the onset of autumn.
Officers will be carrying out targeted patrols in areas which have experienced recent burglaries to provide reassurance and act as a deterrent.
The force will also be carrying out further Operation Talon days, which will see checkpoints set up on the county’s transport network to deny burglars and travelling criminals the use of the roads.
Crime prevention advice will also be offered.
Chief Superintendent Carl O’Malley said: "We often see a rise in the number of burglaries occurring across Essex from October onwards.
"Last year Essex saw a 28 per cent increase when comparing the figures for October to December against the previous three months.
"This ties into the clocks going back, which makes it much easier for criminals to identify homes that are empty because there are no lights on inside."
He added: "Burglars are always looking for the easy option and empty homes which appear poorly secured and with few crime prevention measures in place will always be their main targets.
"We are aiming to take the fight to these criminals by making the lives of prolific offenders difficult, denying them the use of the roads and quickly identifying any new suspects on our patch.
"At the same time we will have more officers out and about in the areas we know burglars are operating to help people secure their homes and property more effectively.
"We will also be using new intelligence analysis techniques to help target all of our activities.
"The devastating impact of burglary on victims whose homes have been violated cannot be underestimated; we recognise that and are determined to do all we can to stop this seasonal rise."
Essex Police advise people to use the motto Secure, Protect and Prevent to help stop their homes being broken into.
Among the steps they suggest are:
• Keep doors and windows locked - in 3 out of 10 burglaries access is gained through an open door or window.
• Keep your garden tools under lock and key, fit substantial padlocks and security devices to shed doors and windows.
• Make sure the shed is firmly anchored to the ground – it has been known for sheds to be lifted to let thieves inside.
• Set timers for one or more lights to come on when it gets dark; and be aware of the changing time that this happens as winter approaches.
• Burglars are less likely to target a house with an alarm so it’s advisable to fit one.
• A thorny hedge around your home can put thieves off but make sure passers-by can still see the front of your home so a burglar can’t work unnoticed.
• Think about laying gravel in your garden and driveway - burglars don’t like it because it’s noisy to walk on.
For more information go the burglary prevention section of the Essex Police website at essex.police.uk/be_safe/burglary.aspx
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