Dynamo turns burglary increase into decrease

Cocooning_Pack_VictimMore than four hundred people have been arrested and eighty warrants have been executed in the first six months of the force’s burglary campaign – Operation Dynamo.

Dynamo was launched at the beginning of September 2012 in response to an increase in burglaries which the force was keen to stop. A dedicated team of detectives and uniformed officers was established to ensure the robust investigation of every burglary; exploring all possible investigative avenues including forensic opportunities, CCTV, house to house enquiries and Automatic Number Plate Technology (ANPR).

As well as the investigation and enforcement strand, the Force launched a new crime prevention strategy. It developed new ‘cocooning packs.’ Cocooning involves officers and Police Community Support Officers delivering crime prevention material to the victim, their neighbours and other houses further along the street. It is not uncommon for burglars to target a number of houses in the same street, or several streets in the same neighbourhood. The victim of the burglary receives a crime prevention pack with a window shock alarm and property marking pen, their neighbours receive a similar pack and residents in the rest of the street are given crime prevention leaflets and advice. As well as encouraging residents to lock windows and doors and keep their property safe they are being asked to remain vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour to the police immediately.

House burglaries across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are at a thirteen year low but at end of August 2012 the year to date figures showed an increase of 3.4%, which was an increase of 44 offences. Today (28/02/12) the figures show a force wide reduction of 4.1% which is 154 fewer victims of burglary compared to this time last year.

Detective Chief Inspector Rich Ward, who is the Force’s lead for burglary, said;

“We are very pleased to have reversed the upward trend in burglaries and are now seeing a reduction in offences however we are not complacent and our efforts continue to robustly tackle those who commit burglary. We have carried out a large number of warrants and made just over four hundred arrests and that is definitely making a difference. We’ve also had a number of successful convictions in court including a thirty five year old man who was arrested just two days after the Dynamo team started and he has just been sentenced to four and a half years in prison for burglary.

“We have made arrests in other counties as well to target those who travel into Leicestershire to commit crime and we are sharing intelligence with other police forces about people we believe are offending in both areas. We are using modern technology and years of police officer experience to tackle this problem and it is paying dividends.

“We are also asking members of the public to help us be reducing the opportunities for burglars to break into their homes. On many occasions when we examine the crime reports we see the words ‘insecure entry’ which means the burglar has got into the property through an unlocked door or open window. We’re hoping to encourage people to do a quick security check of their homes before they go out, or go to bed and to report any suspicious activity to us immediately. We know the cocooning packs are well received and we will continue to deliver that service.”

If you have information about any crime, you can contact us on 101*.

In an emergency, where life is in danger or a crime is in progress, always call 999.

* Calls to 101 cost 15p for the entire call from both mobile phones and land lines

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