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Burglary success in Loughborough

1 March 2016

Seventeen people have been arrested across Loughborough following a six week crackdown on burglaries in the town – eight people have been charged.

‘Op Weather’ was launched in response to an increase in burglaries across Loughborough Central particularly at multi-occupancy houses. At its peak, there were two burglaries a day on average. That has now dropped to one every other day and no offences have been reported at all in the last nine days (Saturday 20 February to Monday 29 February).

The police in Loughborough launched an enforcement and crime prevention campaign doing joint crime prevention visits to student homes with Community Wardens; carrying out high visibility patrols and undertaking covert activity. Officers have also been carrying out checks at second hand shops to ensure they are not inadvertently accepting stolen property and they’ve referred a number of offenders to the Integrated Offender Management Team. IOM is where persistent and problematic offenders are managed jointly by partner agencies working together.

Sergeant 583 Rich Gibson, from Loughborough Central, said; “It is very satisfying to see the number of burglaries falling again and to have made so many arrests. Eight people have been charged with burglary and a range of other offences including theft, receiving stolen goods and possession of an offensive weapon. Four of those eight people have been remanded into custody. Since the arrests the number of offences have fallen dramatically.

“We’d like to remind people to help us by keeping their homes secure especially in student accommodation where it is tempting to assume someone else will lock up and to report suspicious activity to us as soon as possible.

Jenny Ardley, a Loughborough University Community Warden said; “It is pleasing that recent enforcement activity has had a positive impact and that the number of burglaries has dropped as a result. Students and other local residents must however take responsibility for crime prevention going forward and report suspicious behaviour if they see any. The University’s Community Warden Team will continue to work hard to reinforce these messages when and where we can, working in association with our colleagues from the Police and Charnwood Borough Council.”

The full press release is available to view on the Leicestershire Police website.