BURGLARIES in Warwickshire have fallen by a fifth in the past year.
There were 1,643 reported house burglaries in the county up to March – 422 fewer than the previous 12 months.
Ch Supt Ben Smith from Warwickshire Police welcomed the news, saying: “We know the impacts home burglaries can have on local communities, and every burglary is one too many. However, we’re really happy to see that we’ve had a significant reduction in these offences, and our work is ongoing to try and bring these numbers down even further.
“We acknowledge that in March 2020 the lockdown was in place which may have distorted these figures slightly, but even so, up until the end of February there was still a 19.6 per cent decrease since the same time the previous year.
“Throughout the county, we have dedicated teams who investigate house burglaries as well as targeting known burglary hotspots and offenders. We’ve been working tirelessly with the public and with other forces and thankfully, this is having a significant impact on offences.
“Working with our local communities to tackle crime is paramount and we continue to urge people to come forward and report any concerns they have to us, whether it is suspicious activity or something out of the ordinary, if they report it we can take action. The information we receive from local residents helps us build a picture of what is happening in our local communities and allows us to take action to prevent further crime.”
To report concerns to police contact 101 (in an emergency always call 999), or alternatively information can be passed to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Visit www.warwickshire.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/ for more crime prevention advice.