Update from Sgt Simon Causer:
Traditionally this time of year can see a spike in burglary offences being committed, a combination of the darker nights and the fact that people are stocking up early on Christmas presents is too much of a temptation to a burglar.
Between 1st OctoberÂ and 30th November this year we have seen 58 burglaries in the Wednesfield Area, 35 were burglaries of peoples homes. The same period last year saw 51 offences of which 21 were of peoples homes. These are spread across Ashmore Park, Wednesfield, Wood End, March End, Castlebridge, Linthouse areas.
At this very moment two adult males are being interviewed by Local Detectives regarding burglary offences.
We urge residents to take some simple crime prevention steps which could stop them being a victim. Simple steps such as making sure doors and windows are closed and locked, even when you are at home.Â This includesÂ doors at the rear of homes. All too often burglars will try this means of entry first as it is less obvious to passers by.Â Leaving a light on when you go out. Ensuring that there are no tools left in your gardens overnight which the opportunist burglar can use to enter your home.
While burglary across the force is reducing, it continues to be a priority for us, especially in the run up to Christmas. We recognise the long-term impact that burglary has on victims and their invasion of privacy so we work hard reduce burglary and bring offenders to justice.
The force is launching an adventÂ calendarÂ tomorrow. Read the press release which contains details here.Â http://www.west-
Essentially it will contain crime prevention advice and info in the run up to Christmas. The link below is to the adventÂ calendarÂ and will be live from tomorrow. (1st Dec 2012)
As an LPU Wolverhampton has introduced Operation Arrow as a method to target burglaries across the City. This involves a number of activities involving Uniform and Plain Clothes Officers from a variety of teams including Response Teams, CID, Neighbourhood Teams and our Offender management team. This is addition to the regular patrols by both your Neighbourhood Officers and the Local Neighbourhood Wardens. Officers and Wardens across Wolverhampton are involved in leaflet drops to residents offering crime prevention advice. The Local Neighbourhood Partnership is actively visiting victims to offer further security advice and simple effective alarms to prevent them becoming a repeat victim. Being the victim of a burglary once is once too many times.
We urge the Community to contact us if they see anything suspicious. If anyone has any information as to who is responsible for these crimes please contact your local Neighbourhood Team, the CID at Bilston Street or Crimestoppers. Any information you have could help us to reduce further the offences being committed.