Taking the sting out of crime

The States of Jersey Police have carried out 10 warrants in the second of its Impact Days - this time focused on tackling crime.

The day is focusing on the work of Crime Services and the team will be highlighting their work with everything from burglary to indecent images of children.

Publicly islanders will see officers around St Helier giving out information on crime prevention, but the majority of work will be happening behind the scenes.

For example, all of the islands prolific offenders will receive a visit from officers and other offenders will be targeted that have been identified through forensic work.

The offences relating to those warrants are four drugs, one stolen property and four relating to the indecent images of children.

As a result 10 people have been arrested and are subject to on-going investigation.

Chief Inspector Alison Fossey, who is co-ordinating this second Impact Day, said: "Crime Services do many jobs that the public don't often get to see. This is a chance for people to have a bit of a glimpse behind the scenes at some of the work that is going on.

Currently crime is nearly 3% down this year compared to the first five months of 2011 “ a great start to the year considering 2011 saw the lowest number of recorded crimes for 10 years.

Operation Hornet, a major campaign tackling burglary is also proving successful. So far this year we have had 106 burglaries, which is 24 per cent down on the same time last year.

The number of burglaries so far this year is nearly a third lower than the average for the last 10 years.

DCI Fossey continued: "One of our biggest successes this year has been the launch of Operation Hornet, the force's crackdown on burglary. So far we have seen a large reduction in the number of break and entries compared to the same period last year.

"But half of these properties were still left insecure and we want to take this opportunity to remind people to lock up and not make life easy for thieves.



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