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Video: Convicted burglar warns people how to avoid becoming a victim
12:00pm Wednesday 23rd October 2013 in News
Essex Police will be targeting known criminals as they begin their campaign to tackle the seasonal increase in burglary that comes with the onset of autumn.
Officers will be carrying out targeted patrols in areas which have experienced burglaries recently to provide additional 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.
A convicted burglar has also spoken out in a bid to encourage homeowners to think about security
And police will be visiting homes in areas which have been recently hit by burglaries to offer advice to householders on how they can reduce their chances of becoming victims.
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.
"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.
"But we do need the people of Essex to help us; to take sensible precautions to protect their homes and give us the information and intelligence we need to put the criminals before the courts.”
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