Police forces in the United Kingdom are being called upon to send police officers to every burglary scene after three units have seen a dramatic drop in burglaries.
The forces at Greater Manchester, Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire all publicly pledged to send an officer to each burglary in an effort to resolve the number of unsolved crimes.
As forces have confirmed that this approach has had a visible impact on the number of burglaries in their districts, ministers believe the results are proof that a strategy at national level is justified.
A government source told the Daily Telegraph: “This is good police. The public expects the police to use the opportunities available to prevent and detect crime.
“Not only can you talk to the victims, which is important in terms of reassurance, but you can also get forensics such as fingerprints. Most of these people are recidivists. “
Operation Crooked in Northamptonshire aims to make the district a “hostile environment” for robbers, and the Telegraph said the number of domestic burglaries was reduced by 48 percent.
In two years, the number of burglaries dropped from 5,500 to 2,850.
As part of their operation, Northamptonshire police also issued named photographs and wanted an appeal to six of their most prolific thieves.
Ministers are urged to develop a national police policy that would allow police officers to be sent to the scene of any burglary across the UK, as three forces have found that the method limits burglary.
Last month, the force made headlines when it sent out Christmas cards to known or suspected thieves and advised them to have a Christmas-free crime.
The Telegraph also reports that Bedfordshire has seen its burglary detection rate nearly triple from 8.2 percent when it launched to 22.8 percent last November.
Overall, Bedfordshire in 2021 had an average of 34 fewer burglaries each month compared to last year.
The force also said that there were almost 100 fewer burglaries in hotspot areas across Bedfordshire when the clock returned – a period that robbers routinely target.
The dramatic decline in the number of burglaries in Bedfordshire coincides with a force that doubled the number of clarified burglaries compared to the average in November.
As part of its strategy, the force has written nearly 40,000 households in areas identified as having higher burglary rates.
These letters included crime prevention advice to coincide with the hours coming back, which may historically see an increase in burglary offenses as the nights get darker earlier.
Figures show that there were 93 fewer burglaries in these areas during October and November last year compared to the same two months in 2020, Bedfordshire police said.
As part of Operation Crooked, Northamptonshire police sent Christmas cards (pictured) to well-known robbers in the area to warn them to spend “Christmas without a crime” last month.
Under Operation Maze, the forces pledged to send a judicial officer to the scene of each burglary and to prioritize every burglary in an often targeted area, as well as those with vulnerable victims or potential witnesses.
Superintendent Detective William Hodgkinson said in a statement: “We are committed to tackling burglary on all sides.
“We are investing in our fantastic robbery unit, Operation Maze, and we want to double the number of detectives working in this unit next year.
“But we are also creative in getting the word out to our communities to become a hostile target for opportunistic thieves.
‘There are a few simple steps you can take to keep your home safe. In addition, if you have any information, report it – all reports will reach our intelligence systems, help us to get a complete picture of burglary across the county and take action. “
This initiative is expected to be extended to forces across the country, as the tactics used are proof of its effectiveness.
Priti Patel said the approaches used by Northamptonshire and Bedfordshire Police contributed to an overall decline of 30 percent in the number of burglaries recorded.
Priti Patel, Secretary of the Interior, told the Telegraph: percent over the last two years. ”
Greater Manchester police said the approach would be implemented by troops following the publication of the government’s anti-crime plan last summer.
At the time of the operation, which they called Operation Castle, forces said at the time: “GMP has volunteered to work with the government to evaluate the benefits of sending a police officer for every domestic burglary across Greater Manchester.
Greater Manchester police stepped up the operation in October – again hours ago – and said they would continue to send an officer to every home burglary.
Superintendent Dave Pester, GMP’s head of tactics for Operation Castle, said: “Burglary is one of the most intense forms of crime one can experience – whether it’s your home, school or the business you have created.
“That’s why Operation Castle was developed, and I’d like to strengthen our commitment to deploying a police officer in every burglary – whether residential or elsewhere in the community.
The Greater Manchester Police launched Operation Castle last year as part of the government’s anti-crime plan to reduce crime in the neighborhood. Pictured: Greater Manchester Police Headquarters
“This new renewed commitment to GMP means that we will actively target burglars, arrest them and bring them to justice, because we know what suffering they can cause to our communities.
“For each burglary that has been reported to us, we are ready to take decisive action to combat this high-impact crime, and each report will be investigated – using a full range of means, including our forensic teams, to identify the perpetrators where there is and provide support for crime prevention and victim support counseling. “