Burglary operation results in 30 per cent fall in offences
An operation cracking down on burglary in Basildon has
resulted in a 30 per cent fall in the crime.
Between Wednesday, March 21, 2012 and Sunday, March 25,
2012 officers stepped up patrols in the St Martin’s,
Nethermayne and Fryerns wards late in the evening as part of
Operation Coffee Pot.
A total of 20 burglaries were reported in the affected areas
during the five days before the operation. Only 14 were
reported during the operation meaning burglaries dropped
by 30 per cent as officers flooded the areas.
Eighteen stop checks were conducted by officers to make sure
that no-one was visiting the areas with the intent to commit
Numerous intelligence reports were gathered on people police
suspect may be involved in criminality and a 15-year-old boy from
Laindon was arrested on suspicion of possession of cannabis on
Friday, March 23, 2012. He has been released on police bail pending
further investigation until Thursday, April 12. Police also issued
another person with a street warning.
Sgt Simon Gray said: "Throughout the whole year we keep a strong
focus on tackling burglary as it really is a crime that has a
lasting impact on its victims. By being visible in key areas that
are suffering from burglary, we have reduced incidents and saved a
number of people from becoming a victim to such a distressing
"Now we are seeing warmer weather, it is tempting to leave
windows open at night, but please ensure that all accessible
windows and doors are fully secured at all times, especially at
night, to prevent opportunist thieves seeing your property as a