Police re-launch burglary operation against ‘winter criminals’

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Thames Valley Police has begun its three-month winter burglary operation in Milton Keynes today.

Operation Darknight has run for the past three years in the city and has previously significantly reduced the numbers of house burglaries over the winter period.

Det Insp Matt Darnell is leading the operation, which aims to combat house burglaries and target offenders committing crime during the darker winter months.

He said: “We are working hard to reduce dwelling burglaries and to stop the criminals who commit them.

“Our work in previous years has shown that Operation Darknight is effective and a valuable use of our officers’ time.

“There will be an increase in targeted police patrols and a dedicated team of experienced officers from Local CID who will be working tirelessly to identify and bring these criminals to justice.

“If you choose to burgle, steal or handle stolen good, we will do everything we can to ensure you spend your winter behind bars.

“We 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, feel free to approach your local neighbourhood officers who will be able to assist you.

“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.”

Residents are asked to be aware that, when the clocks go back on Sunday, it is the perfect time to check that your house is not vulnerable to opportunist thieves.

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 Advisor.

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