Police put the freeze on winter burglars in Aylesbury Vale

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Winter time burglars are to be the subject of a police operation across Aylesbury Vale.

Operation Arctic is launching this month and will focus on tackling and raising awareness of burglaries during the dark winter months.

Insp James Davies, said: “Aylesbury Vale has seen a 7% reduction in burglary dwellings since April 2013.

“However, as the nights draw in, we need to start to re-visit security measures to keep safe and deter opportunist burglars that intend to use the cover of darkness to commit crime.

“We aim to raise awareness of winter time burglary and we will be working in partnership with Aylesbury Vale District Council to provide local residents with vital crime prevention advice, to help prevent themselves from becoming a victim of crime during the upcoming winter period.

“The neighbourhood teams will be carrying out high visibility patrols in the town and the rural areas.

“The team will also be carrying out a series of automatic number plate recognition operations during the winter period and pro-actively patrolling burglary hot spot areas to target known offenders.

“If you have any concerns or just want some advice and information, approach your local neighbourhood officers who will be there to assist you.”

The operation will run until February and the police and council have unveiled a series of tips for residents. These include:

> Using timer switches help to give the impression your home is occupied

> Register valuables for free at www.immobilise.com. This will allow you to tell the police, your insurer and the second-hand trade to help recover stolen property and catch the thief

> Ensure desirable items such as iPads, iPhones, laptops, games consoles and jewellery are kept away from view so as not to attract attention

> Invest in additional locks for windows and back doors to improve security

> Having a burglar alarm

Councillor Pam Pearce, the council’s cabinet Member for community matters, said: “Being the victim of burglary is upsetting for those involved

“We want home owners to think carefully about home security and take some personal responsibility. Prevention is the message we want to get across.”