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Cracking down on burglary

Malvern Editorial 23rd Oct, 2013 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

EXTRA officers will be on the beat in a crackdown against burglary.

More road policing officers from West Mercia’s Operations Patrol Unit will be targeting neighbourhoods across Malvern Hills which are experiencing a spike in reports of burglaries.

Using unmarked cars they will patrol the affected communities, as well as the main routes in throughout the county which are known to be used by travelling criminals, to look out for suspicious behaviour and vehicles.

The move is part of an ongoing operation to combat burglary and other related crimes in South Worcestershire which is being continued for several more weeks and includes using plain clothed officers on the streets to track and respond to crimes.

Supt Mark Travis, policing commander for South Worcestershire, said although burglary had dropped in the area, the force wanted to keep the figures down and were working hard to prevent the problem.

“Operation Fuchsia is about targeting criminals proactively and giving them a clear message ‘don’t bother coming to Worcestershire.’

“This latest phase of the Operation Fuchsia places eight extra officers a day on the ground focusing on burglary offences and the routes used by suspects.

“The specialist officers from Force Operations give us an extra capability to place officers where we need them based on the intelligence of where offences may take place.”

He added combining these resources along with help from the public had achieved some outstanding results during September.

“Last month we arrested 13 offenders and solved 14 offences. These results made it an obvious choice to extend and expand this operation.”

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