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Manhunt teams and high-vis patrols deployed as Met launches high-tech crackdown on burglars

PUBLISHED: 09:42 26 September 2016

New Scotland Yard in central London.

New Scotland Yard in central London.

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Residents are also being called on to help boost security in their locality

Specialist manhunt teams and high-visibility patrols are being deployed by the Metropolitan Police as part of its seasonal crackdown on burglary.

The measures form part of Operation Bumblebee, which has been launched today (September 26) to protect homes as the nights grow longer and properties become easier targets for criminals.

Officers are to step up their efforts to work with forces from across the country to target burglars who try to evade capture by travelling across county lines.

They will be backed up by a high-tech system known as MetTrace, which enables residents to mark their property with a unique code identifiable to any police officer or second hand goods buyer.

A system known as super cocooning will also be used to support victims and prevent offences in the surrounding neighbourhood, as burglars often target a number of houses in the same street.

Residents are being called on to help boost security by ensuring doors and windows are properly locked with a key when leaving home, keeping valuables out of sight and out of reach and locking side gates and store bins behind them.

They have also been advised to avoid leaving packaging outside, which may indicate they have expensive new items in their homes, - especially around Christmas time.

Temporary chief superintendent Sean Wilson, leading Operation Bumblebee, said: “Burglary can be a very traumatic experience with a long-lasting impact on victims.

“The Met is committed to driving down this crime and is working hard every day to prevent offences, arrest offenders and support victims.

“We are working with other forces from across the country in a coordinated effort so that burglars will have nowhere to hide. By also targeting people who handle stolen goods, we are sending a clear message that anyone who benefits from burglary is implicated in a serious crime.

“As part of this work, we urge Londoners to take action to safeguard their homes by following our simple crime prevention advice. By thinking like a burglar, and noticing and addressing where your home and possessions may be vulnerable, you can reduce the chances of it happening to you.”

Help and advice is available at www.metbumblebee.org

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