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Halstead: New police operation to stop burglars returning to same area
1:00pm Saturday 12th October 2013 in News
A new police burglary blitz is being used to stop criminals returning to the scene of their crime.
Halstead police officers are using the tactic, known as cocooning, to try and prevent further burglaries near to a home that has already been targeted.
It is launched as soon as a burglary spike has been identified and, when used by other forces, has in some cases resulted in a 48 per cent drop in burglaries.
The method sees officers knock on many more homes in the area than before, in a bid to warn as many residents as possible of the break-in, to urge them to be vigilant and to gather as much intelligence as possible.
While the officers are on the beat they also stop and speak to as many people as possible, even if they are just passing through the area.
Sergeant Dave Wright said: “Once a burglary is reported other people in that area are likely to be victims as well, so we have put lots of resources in, in what is known as cocooning.
“We go out and police what we see, we will stop people and ask what they are doing there and give out crime prevention advice to all the houses we call at.
“It is called Operation Insight and we have GPS on the radios to show where we have been."
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