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Operation Hornet takes the sting out of thieves

A major burglary reduction campaign launched by the States of Jersey Police has meant a 22 per cent drop in break-ins during 2012.
 
Responding to an increase in non-dwelling burglaries in 2011 the Force launched Operation Hornet, a year-long initiative aimed at reversing this upward trend.
 
Since the launch of this Force-wide crackdown there have been significant decreases in burglary across the island not only to non-dwellings but also in home burglaries.
 
Figures show that in 2012 the number of break-ins at non-dwelling premises dropped by 26 per cent (178 incidents compared to 241 in 2011).
 
Burglaries to homes have also dropped significantly, 119 in 2012 compared to 139 in 2011, which is a decrease of 14 per cent.
 
Overall that means a drop in burglaries in 2012 of 22 per cent.
The campaign had a multi-faceted approach to tackling the issue. These were -
 
 To tackle persistent offenders “ burglary is often a crime committed by a small number of individuals. In 2011 a spate of break and entries on building sites and beach kiosks could be linked to three or four individuals.

 A core team of officers took responsibility for investigating every burglary in 2012, offering continuity throughout and helping to identify forensic links between breaks.
 Free full crime prevention surveys were conducted on all beach kiosks by the police's Crime Reduction Officer to identify vulnerable premises. Other businesses were also offered these visits.

 Islanders were offered free advice and guidance about keeping their property secure.
 
Detective Inspector Steve Langford said: "The targeting of your home or business or damage of personal possessions often has a devastating and lasting effect on the homeowners and their family which is why it was so important for the States of Jersey Police to tackle the rise head on.
 
"We are pleased with the success of Operation Hornet but one break in is still too many so the work will continue.
 
"We have charged 40 people throughout the course of the year in relation to these break-ins and our message to them, and others who think they can commit these crimes, is that we will catch you and we will put you before the court.
 
Another element to the campaign has been to educate islanders about locking doors and windows as a large proportion of break-ins are at insecure premises.
 
Inspector Langford said: "We also want to thank the public for their help. By being just that bit more vigilant it has proved a deterrent for thieves and means we are all working together to make life as difficult as possible for them.
 

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