Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne has joined Sussex Police in launching Operation Magpie – an initiative formed to tackle burglary in the county. Spot checks are used to try to catch burglars using the roads.
This is the first time this tactic has been used by Sussex Police specifically to target burglars. Officers will be at strategic points around the county in a robust and ongoing series of operations. Burglars will not know when or where the next spot check will appear.
The teams will use technology and local intelligence reports to stop any vehicles highlighted as being driven illegally – such as those without MOT or insurance as well as those thought linked to burglary.
The launch of the operation coincides with the start of the warmer months when there is a typically an increase in burglaries due to homes not being left secure.
In the last financial year Sussex had 3921 burglaries, compared with 3370 in the year 2011/2012. Although numbers have increased in recent years, the risk of becoming a burglary victim in Sussex is still very low compared to other areas around the UK with five burglaries taking place per 1,000 households.
In one in five cases, burglars don’t have to use force to get into people’s homes, instead using an open window or unlocked door to gain entry.
Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “The increase in burglaries was a consistent theme highlighted during numerous meetings I had with residents across Sussex so I raised this at my regular accountability meetings with the Chief Constable.
“I am now confident that Sussex Police is proactively tackling this issue and that good progress is being made. Operation Magpie will directly target those who travel into Sussex and those within the county who commit burglary. Among the other strands of the operation is a crackdown on those handling and selling stolen goods and further operations are planned over the coming months.
“The public also has a key part to play in ensuring Sussex is a ‘no-go area’ for burglars and I urge all residents to follow crime prevention advice and ensure their homes are not a target for burglars.
“The message we are sending out is clear – we will not tolerate burglary in Sussex.”
For more advice visit www.sussex.police.uk/operationmagpie.