Crime crackdown sees burglary figures fall by 20%

Close up of a line of British Police do not cross tape.
Close up of a line of British Police do not cross tape.

A CRACKDOWN on burglary in parts of East Lancashire has seen figures fall by over 20%.

Operation Boudica saw police tackle burglars and car thieves across the Ribble Valley, Hyndburn and Blackburn with Darwen.

Almost 2,000 suspects were hand delivered warning letters and patrols were stepped up in crime hotspots as part of the operation, which will continue to run until the end of March.

The crackdown saw serious and acquisitive crime fall by 17.2%, with a total of 39 fewer victims of burglary and car crime in February 2011 compared to February 2010 (from 209 offences to 173 offences). Car crime fell by 15%, from 126 offences to 107 offences and burglary reduced by 20%, from 70 offences to 56 offences.

Officers carried out 89 search warrants, arrested 171 car crime and burglary suspects, seized nine vehicles and recovered £99,621 of stolen property.

Chief Insp. Damian Darcy who led the operation said: “We are continuing to see reductions in both burglary and car crime as part of Operation Boudica.

“Visiting known offenders to let them know we were watching them is clearly a key factor in the success of the operation and we will continue to make it hard for them to operate by maintaining a high profile presence in crime hotspots.

“Burglary and car crime offences in Eastern Division remain low and we will do all we can to keep it that way.”

Anyone with any information or is concerned about crime in their neighbourhood, they are urged to contact police on 0845 125 3545 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

For further crime prevention advice, people can log on to www.lancashire.police.uk