City burglaries at new five year low

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Officers serving in Thames Valley Police have been praised by MPs as they drove down burglaries to their lowest point in five years.

The force figures show that overall crime in Milton Keynes fell by 8.6 per cent.

Area commander, Superintendent Barry Halliday, picked out the burglary figures for special attention. The number of burglaries fell by 4.7 per cent to a record low of 749.

He said: “I am proud of where we are. The targets are challenging but we are match fit to achieve them.

“The less you have the greater the challenge to reduce it again, but is not beyond the realms of our capability.”

Iain Stewart, MP for Milton Keynes South, said “I have spent time shadowing police officers as well as visiting the Thames Valley Police control room, I know how incredibly hard officers work and they should be very proud of their success.’

And his Milton Keynes North counterpart, Mark Lancaster added: “I am of course pleased to see their hard work has paid off and recorded crime has dropped, but it is vital we continue to keep figures low.”