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Met Police target burglars

PUBLISHED: 13:36 24 October 2014 | UPDATED: 13:57 24 October 2014

Commander Simon Letchford.

Commander Simon Letchford.

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Officers have launched a burglary initiative to coincide with shortening days.

Although burglary across boroughs including Bexley and Bromley has decreased by more than 8 per cent over the last year, there is a seasonal trend for it to increase from September to December.

Operation Bumblebee will tackle the 25 per cent rise in residential burglary offences traditionally seen during autumn and winter as the clocks go back, leaving homes in darkness for longer.

Police are also urging the public to follow basic crime prevention advice to prevent them from being a target.

This includes ensuring doors and windows are locked properly with a key, keeping valuables out of sight and out of reach, and avoiding leaving packaging outside.

Specialist manhunt teams will be deployed to track down the most evasive wanted burglary suspects, whilst high visibility patrols will take place in burglary hot spots.

Commander Simon Letchford, leading Operation Bumblebee, said: “Burglary can have a long-lasting emotional impact on victims, leaving them feeling isolated and vulnerable.

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

“Burglaries in London are at the lowest level in forty years and we have introduced a range of pro-active measures and use innovative technology to tackle offences, but there are still too many people falling victim to burglary and there is more to do.

“Help us to further prevent burglary by safeguarding your property and valuables. Think like a burglar and you are likely to notice that your home and possessions are vulnerable. By following our simple crime prevention advice this winter, you can reduce the chances of it happening to you.”

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