Essex Police and Essex County Council join forces in new campaign
Essex Police and Essex County Council have joined forces to urge
Essex residents to take simple steps to prevent themselves falling
foul of the opportunistic criminal.
Focusing on burglary and theft from vehicles, a campaign launched
today, Monday, January 28, urges residents to remember to lock
windows and doors before leaving the house, and to remember to
remove all valuables from view before leaving the car.
The campaign is
particularly focused on the areas of Basildon, Harlow, and Epping
Forest, after research showed these areas historically suffer from
increased levels of burglary during the period between January and
During the first three months of 2012, there were 304 burglaries
across the Basildon district, 260 in the Epping Forest district and
154 in the Harlow district.
Residents are being reminded to take simple precautions to
safeguard their property. By remembering to lock doors and windows
before leaving the house or by removing a sat nav from a vehicle
before locking your vehicle make your property far less inviting
for opportunistic criminals.
The campaign further enforces the work being done by Essex Police
under Operation Nemesis, which has sought to bring burglars to
justice and prevent further offences occurring.
Supt Luke Collison, said: “Essex Police through Operation Nemesis
has successfully been targeting burglary across the county since
August 2012. Our aim is to put the fear back on the burglar and
send a clear message to anyone intent on committing burglary in
Essex that we will do everything in our power to arrest you and
bring you to justice.
“Today we are also asking residents to do everything they
possibly can to reduce their chances of falling victim of this
despicable crime. By remembering a few simple steps people can
significantly reduce their chances of becoming victims of burglary
or vehicle crime.”
Essex County Councillor John Jowers, Cabinet Member for Communities
and Planning said, “This campaign is a chance to remind our
residents of the simple steps they can take to prevent themselves
from becoming victims of crime. But ensuring that doors are locked
and valuables are hidden away, it makes it difficult for
Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex, Nick Alston, said: “Many
burglaries are opportunistic: the criminal sees an unlit property,
notices an open window or tries a handle and finds that a door is
unlocked. By taking a few simple precautions to keep our home
secure, we can all reduce our chances of being victims of