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Crackdown on Burglars in Dorset

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7:45am 17th February 2014

A campaign to crackdown on burglars stealing your belongings has seen nearly 140 people arrested in Dorset.

Police used a range of tactics to catch the criminals in a special operation running between December and January.

The Force stepped up patrols in vulnerable areas and worked closely with neighbourhood groups.

There were 100 fewer burglaries in Dorset last year, that's a reduction of 6.6%

Detective Inspector Andrew Dilworth, of Dorset Police's Priority Crime Team, said: "During Operation Castle we continued to focus on targeting suspected offenders and work in partnership with other agencies.

"We also stepped up patrols in vulnerable areas and worked with neighbours and community groups to spread the crime prevention message to residents.

"Not only did we target burglars over the Christmas campaign, we also targeted handlers of stolen goods.

"While we have seen a reduction in burglary crime, there is still a lot more work to do and we remain committed towards reducing crime further.

"I am urging the public to follow some simple crime prevention steps to help reduce the chances of becoming a victim of crime.

"Ensure valuables and popular electrical items such as tablets and laptops are not left on display and that all windows and doors are securely locked when you leave.

"My final message to the public is - do not be complacent. If you see someone acting suspiciously in your area please call us on 101 or 999 if a crime is in progress so we can send officers and investigate."

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