Victims supported in new blitz on burglary

Officers in Rotherham working on a burglary crackdown
Officers in Rotherham working on a burglary crackdown
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A new crackdown on burglary could include Victim Support officers accompanying police officers on visits to homes where break-ins have occurred.

Operation Forager was launched in Rotherham as part of a county-wide blitz on burglary.

The operation involved every victim and the 40 nearest homes to their property being visited by the police within 24 hours to offer crime prevention advice and to find people who might have information.

In Rotherham high visibility patrols have also been stepped up in hotspot areas in a bid to deter criminals and to offer reassurance to worried residents.

Victim Support workers are preparing to get involved in the operation to advise and support crime victims.

Chf Insp Ian Womersley said: “This project provides a considered and targeted response to house burglary in Rotherham.

“It not only places uniformed police officers in the right place at the right time, it also provides comprehensive support and advice to crime victims and those living nearby.

“The help of Victim Support Rotherham adds significant value to the project as their volunteers are able to engage and understand the worries and concerns of the victims.

“Burglary is a horrible crime and many victims worry about thieves coming back and the consequences of somebody coming into their home, where they live with their family. These volunteers can offer reassurance and support where needed.”

Crime Reduction Project Officer PC Andy Robinson said: “The work of the Forager team with victims and their neighbours provides those involved with quality impartial security advice.

“This advice, when followed, should significantly reduce the chances of them becoming victims of crime in to the future.

“It also allows the opportunity for officers to gather evidence about the burglaries, which maximises the opportunities to detect crimes and convict offenders.

“It is a little early yet to determine the true impact of the new project but similar projects elsewhere have led to significant reductions in offences of burglary.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright urged people to keep their homes secure to help police tackle burglaries.

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