Operation Darknight aims to cut down on winter burglaries

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A POLICE operation was launched today which will aim to cut down on burglaries in the darker, winter months.

The three month operation will look to combat burglaries and target those who commit these crimes during the darker winter months.

Superintendent Barry Halliday, LPA Commander for Milton Keynes, said: “I would like to reassure all residents that Thames Valley Police is continuing to do all it can to stop burglaries and the criminals who commit them.

“In the past we have seen an increase in burglaries as the days start to get darker earlier on. We have set up a dedicated team of experienced officers from Local CID who will be working tirelessly to identify and capture criminals. Our message to these criminals is clear; if you choose to burgle, steal or handle stolen good, you will feel the full force of the law and we will do everything we can to ensure you spend your winter behind bars.

“People who work full time and usually leave and return from work in the dark are more likely to fall victim of opportunist burglars, so we will also be conducting more targeted patrols across Milton Keynes and are working closely with our partners in Safer MK to make sure residents remain safe during the upcoming winter period. If you have any concerns or just want some advice and information, approach your local neighbourhood officers who will be there to assist you.”

“If burglars feel we are closing in on them, they may choose to change their targets from homes, to cars, to outbuildings, so I would also urge residents to make sure they have all the necessary security in place.

“We would encourage people to look at our twitter sites to receive useful crime reduction information. Officers will be promoting the pages at train stations and bus stations in Milton Keynes by handing out business cards so that commuters can take a look at the tweets when they get on the train.

“We will also be sending out message via Thames Valley Alert to residents with crime reduction advice, so I would urge people to sign up by visiting www.thamesvalleyalert.co.uk.

“Finally, I would urge residents to get in touch with any information they may have in relation to criminal activity occurring in their neighbourhood. We require the help of the public and will treat any information with the strictest of confidentiality. Anyone handling stolen property will be dealt with robustly.”

People across Milton Keynes can pick up security advice via twitter by following @TVP_MK, watch a video on youtube about the importance of not leaving their house in the dark, or receive a letter from their neighbourhood team informing residents about patrols in their area.

Neighbourhood teams will also be patrolling in burglary hot spot areas and leaving calling cards at people’s homes if they come across a house in darkness to ensure the occupants receive some crime prevention tips.

Anyone with information on any incidents can call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111.