Burglaries drop across Milton Keynes - but don’t be complacent

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after the incident in Moorfield Park, Banbury on Tuesday.
Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after the incident in Moorfield Park, Banbury on Tuesday.

The number of burglaries across Milton Keynes has dropped by a quarter in the past six weeks, compared to the same period last year.

From October 20 - December 1, 74 burglaries were reported in the city, compared to 101.

Thames Valley Police has been running its winter burglary campaign Operation Darknight during that time, but detectives are still urging residents to keep checking that their home is not vulnerable to opportunist thieves.

Det Sgt Paul Killingley said: “Burglary figures continue to fall year after year in Milton Keynes, and clearly Operation Darknight is having a positive impact.

“Residents are getting our messages and ensuring their homes are secure, giving would-be burglars reduced opportunities.

“However, this is not a time for complacency – I would urge all residents to carry on making sure their homes are secure, to ensure they do whatever they can to prevent themselves becoming a victim of burglary.”

As part of Operation Darknight, PCSOs in Milton Keynes held a mobile crime reduction roadshow visiting shopping areas and car parks at peak times, offering timer light switches to members of the public which can help to provide a good chance of deterring would-be burglars.

Even the simplest measures, like leaving a light on inside the home when you are out, can be effective in deterring burglars. For more tips, please follow the crime prevention tips on our website.

Residents in Milton Keynes can obtain localised information by following the Milton Keynes Twitter account @TVP_MK and looking out for #Op_Darknight.

For regular updates on crime and disorder in your area you can sign up to Thames Valley Alert, and you can call the non-emergency number 101 and ask to speak to a crime reduction adviser.

If you don’t want to speak directly to the police you can anonymously contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.