Police clampdown on estate burglaries

PUBLISHED: 09:00 06 May 2011

Police have launched a new burglary initiative on Weston's Bournville estate

Police have launched a new burglary initiative on Weston's Bournville estate

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A WESTON estate accounts for 10 per cent of all burglaries within North Somerset, new figures show.

Police say the crime trend on the Bournville has stayed at a consistent level for the past five years.

In a bid to tackle the issue, officers are now mounting a high-profile and radical 12-month campaign called Operation Justify.

South Ward Sergeant Colin Batchelor told the Mercury that although the level of burglaries on the Bournville are of concern, residents should not be alarmed by the figures.

He said: “Levels fluctuate far less than in other areas within North Somerset and this is an issue we want to address.

“We are interested in a number of individuals who live on the Bournville estate and are regularly committing offences of burglary and theft.

“We will be concentrating our efforts on these particular individuals in a campaign to reduce burglaries and bring these offenders to justice.

“It is a small minority of people on the estate who are carrying out these offences.

“I think the Bournville estate is a thriving community with great community spirit and we want to protect and encourage that by targeting the individuals who have a negative impact on law abiding residents.”

Operation Justify was launched this month and is a two-pronged attack on the issue of burglaries: focusing on crime reduction while taking a proactive approach.

Officers along with other organisations including North Somerset Council and NSHousing will be carrying out a ‘visual assessment’ of the estate to see what can be done to reduce burglaries, for example installing CCTV and reinforcing fences.

They will also be visiting repeat burglary victims to offer advice, as well as second hand shops and scrap yards to educate them on accepting items ‘over the counter’.

Police have mapped out a range of ways to target burglars and are stepping up uniform and plain-clothed patrols, and have already arranged a number of warrants which will be carried out over the next few months.

Sergeant Batchelor added: “We want the community to come forward, talk to the police, remain vigilant and undertake the crime prevention advice being offered.”

Anyone with information about burglaries on the estate is asked to contact south ward police on 0845 456 7000 or crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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