10:50am Tuesday 20th August 2013
POLICE in Colchester are cutting the burglary rate but there is more work to do.
The town boasts the biggest drop in burglaries in Essex but there are still more than one every day.
Between April and July 2012 there were 202 burglaries compared to 168 this year.
The whole county has been suffering, with less than one in five solved, but officers in Colchester have found ways to reduce the problem.
Acting Chief Insp Jim White said: “There are very low numbers of dwelling burglaries compared to previous years and other parts of the county.
“We are not complacent though and a lot of work has gone into reducing the number.
“Catching prolific offenders obviously helps but that is not all.
“We are running Operation Brightshadow where we follow persistent offenders.
“It is labour intensive but stops them committing crime and often leads to them agreeing to a buddy tag.”
The tags allow those with lengthy lists of criminal convictions to get on with their lives and the police to see where they are.
Operation Nemesis also involved the targeting of known criminals and the release of wanted pictures and details to get the public to help catch those believed to be responsible for many of the burglaries around the county.
But some are still being committed including the following during the last week:
Overnight between Tuesday, August 6, and Wednesday in Bracken Way burglars entered through the rear patio door.
They were disturbed by the pet dog of the family sleeping upstairs but still stole a bike.
A handbag was also taken from a property in Mersea Road on Thursday, August 8.
On Tuesday a home in East Road was broken into and overnight between Wednesday and Thursday properties in Belle Vue Road and Elm Grove, Wivenhoe, were broken into.
Anyone with details about any of the burglaries call Colchester police on 101.
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