Eleven people have been charged, another 22 arrested and three more recalled to prison in the first weeks of Bedfordshire Police’s anti-Burglary campaign – Operation Alboirix.
Charges include Burglary, aggravated Taking Without Consent (TWOC), Attempted Burglary, bail offences, Theft, and Going Equipped.
The charges, arrests and prison recalls follows close monitoring of known and suspected burglars and intelligence about the methods used to commit offences.
Officers have also ensured that any bail, probation or release from prison conditions, including wearing electronic tags, is closely monitored and that infringements are followed up. This has led to a number of offenders charged, arrested or recalled to prison.
Chief Inspector Tania Coulson, who is leading the operation, said: “We know that burglaries increase from September during the autumn and winter months and we have been focussing on specific areas with crime prevention advice and activities and including our partnership working.
“Our methods have already accounted for 36 individuals, some of them serious repeat offenders, being either taken off the streets or bailed with strict conditions that should prevent them being out and about committing more crimes.
“So far, as a result of the operation we have located several stolen cars and property, which will be returned to their rightful owners as soon possible pending court procedures. However we are also keen to track down the people who handle stolen property. If you are offered any goods and the price seems to be too good to be true then it probably is, and being charged with handling stolen goods will attract a severe sentence.
“I’d like to commend my teams for their hard work this far but would like community support in under taking their own home crime prevention measures and reporting suspicious activity in their street.
“We are aware that some burglars are still operating in the area but given our success so far it is only a matter of time before we catch up with them as well. Our message is – if you offend you will be caught.”
If anyone has any information about burglary or handling stolen property please call Bedfordshire Police in confidence on 101 on 101, or text information to 07786 200011.
Alternatively you can contact the independent crime fighting charity, Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.