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Prolific offenders being followed by police in Colchester
Prolific burglars are being followed day and night by specialist police teams in an attempts to reduce crime rates.
Colchester has experienced a sharp rise in burglaries over the past few months.
Essex Police are deploying extra officers to combat break-ins.
Chief Insp Paul Wells, Colchester's district commander, revealed two teams would be targeting six known offenders.
The initiative, called Operation Brightshadow, will involved officers in high visibility jackets following the targets to stop them offending, gather information and reassure the public.
The operation starts today and will continue indefinitely.#
Mr Wells said: "Colchester has seen and increase in burglaries.
"As a result of this, we have been given assistance by headquarters to disrupt known offenders.
"Uniformed officers will be following them over the day and night.
"I think it shows we have the ability to respond quickly and provide support when and where required.
"Burglaries cause utter misery to the victims."