Burglary warnings over summer

Burglary warnings over summer

by Tom Martin (July 2020)

SEFTON homeowners are being urged by police to take precautions to prevent burglary as more lockdown restrictions are eased.

With more people leaving their homes and the weather getting warmer, officers are concerned that burglary numbers could soon start to rise.

Operation Castle, the forces response to burglary, has seen a 35% reduction in burglary across Merseyside since it was launched almost two-and-a-half years ago, with offenders being sentenced to a total of more than 300 years in prison.

Detective Sergeant Darren Hankin said: “Since Operation Castle was launched in March 2018, burglary across Merseyside has significantly decreased and we have had a large number of offenders put behind bars with some significant sentences handed out by the courts.

“However, we are never complacent and we know that typically there can be a slight increase in offences during the summer months, when the weather is warmer and people are not only out and about more, but sometimes leave windows and doors open too.

“Burglary is an invasive crime that pervades people’s homes and personal space, and can have a significant impact on victims. This is often not due to the financial value, but the emotional value of the property taken than can never be replaced. We have seen a significant reduction in the number of burglaries since the launch of Op Castle and we are constantly working to reduce that figure further.

“In the upcoming weeks we will have extra patrols out, particularly in burglary hotspots, and will continue to share plenty of advice on social media and our website.

“I would also like to encourage anyone that may have information on burglary to get in touch so we can investigate it and take action.”

Anyone with information on burglary is asked to contact a dedicated hotline and email address on 0151 777 7926 or operation.castle@merseyside.pnn.police.uk.

You can also pass information to the social media desk @MerPolCC, call 101 or you can call or the independent charity @CrimestoppersUK anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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