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Police crackdown on criminal damage in Bexley

PUBLISHED: 10:06 06 November 2015 | UPDATED: 10:06 06 November 2015

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There has been a 6.3% increase in offences of criminal damage in the borough during the six months from April to September 2015, compared to same period last year

Bexley’s borough commander chief superintendent Jeff Boothe has announced that police will be targeting offenders causing criminal damage throughout November.

There has been a 6.3% increase in offences of criminal damage in the borough during the six months from April to September 2015, compared to same period last year.

Officers will be patrolling both in uniform and plain clothes to identify offenders and will be assisting motorists and residents on ways in which they can prevent themselves from becoming a victim of this type of crime.

The crackdown in Bexley is also aimed at highlighting the work that goes on all year round to reduce offences of criminal damage and target offenders.

Borough commander Boothe said: “We know criminal damage affects the quality of life for residents - it is not just that annoying aspect of having property vandalised, it is the financial aspect as well.

“Criminal damage is an offence which not only affects individuals but the wider community as well. It can make areas look unsightly and give a false impression of the neighbourhood, which is why it’s important we all work together to prevent it from happening.

“Sometimes there’s no real reason behind criminal damage - it’s often just mindless acts by individuals.

“We’ve been taking enforcement action against vandals when offences do occur, but we’re working closely with our partners on reassurance and education and to seek solutions to any longer-term criminal damage issues in our neighbourhoods.

“By working together we can make our communities a more pleasant place for everyone.

“While some youngsters may think it is trivial or that there are no direct victims to criminal damage, I want parents to remind their children that if they are arrested, charged and found guilty of criminal damage they will face a criminal record and a possible fine of up to £5000.”

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