Burglars Behind Bars
8:50am 15th December 2014
Some of Dorset's most prolific burglars have been put behind bars for a total of over 50 years.
18 offenders have been brought to justice by specialist detectives in Weymouth in the last year.
Dorset Police say house burglaries have fallen by nearly 15% in the last year - with 168 fewer homes broken into.
They'll be targeting suspected offenders and stepping up patrols as part of a Christmas Campaign.
Detective Inspector Andy Dilworth, of Dorset Police's Priority Crime Team, said: "These prolific offenders are just a handful of burglars dealt with by the team this year as part of the ongoing Operation Castle initiative.
"Their offending has caused misery to homeowners and we hope the sentences handed out by the courts send out a very clear message that we will not cease in targeting known burglars. If you commit this crime in Dorset - we will be after you.
Dorset Police are using a range of tactics to reduce burglaries where we live as part of their 'Don't let thieves ruin your Christmas'.
They will target suspected offenders, step up patrols in vulnerable areas and target handlers of stolen goods.
In December 2013 and January 2014, Dorset Police made 138 arrests during their Christmas campaign.