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Burglary statistics drop in borough
7:00am Friday 18th October 2013 in News
THE number of burglaries in Brentwood has dropped after police stepped up their efforts.
Figures shown during a public meeting held by Essex Police and Crime Commissioner Nick Alston on Monday stated house burglaries dropped from 529 in 2011/12 to 524 for 2012/13.
It was also heard during the discussion at Brentwood County High School burglaries from other properties such as sheds have fallen by 29.9 per cent, from 331 incidents to 232.
Brentwood District Commander Tracey Harman said the decreases were due to operations run by police in the area and also because of the public being more vigilant.
“Brentwood does have some very affluent areas and borders London so it has been a target for burglars,” she said.
“We went to Greater Manchester to see what police have done there to tackle the issue and this led us to launching the Operation Albatross pilot which has seen us work with partners to help protect properties.
“What has also been a big help is people calling in to say ‘I’ve just seen someone jump over a fence’ or something similar to that, which means we can get out to more scenes.
“I would urge anyone who does think they have seen something suspicious to ring us, as it really does help.”
The work done tackling burglaries by police in Brentwood was praised by Mr Alston who hopes the recently-introduced countywide Operation Insight keeps up the work Albatross did.
Mr Alston said: “What we are seeing in Brentwood is imaginative policing that has helped the community.
“It is also pleasing to see the solved rate here has gone up and this year is just over 45 per cent.
“These results need to be sustained and we need to learn from it from and continue with it.”
Praise was also given to the work of police locally by Brentwood and Ongar MP Eric Pickles.
He said: “I was pleased to hear Essex Police use different tactics to identify and catch those responsible for burglaries in Brentwood.
“The shock and stress suffered by those who have had their house broken into and precious items taken is a terrible feeling.
“It is of some comfort that police officers in Brentwood are tackling this crime so effectively and doing all they can to stop burglars in their tracks.”
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