Police in Croydon to target burglars during the winter months
The police are cracking down on burglars over the winter months.
Operation Bumblebee will see police in Croydon and across other London boroughs upping their efforts to catch burglars from September to December.
Police say that despite a decrease in burglaries in Croydon there is a spike in offences during the Autumn and Winter.
The Met is bringing in new Area Bumblebee Teams which will be made up of officers who will work across boroughs to track burglars.
Croydon’s Safer Neighbourhood teams will be raising awareness of burglaries through their street briefings and surgeries.
They will be offering advice to residents on how to secure their homes and to make them less of a target for thieves.
Asian communities across the borough will also be given advice about keeping gold and jewellery safe ahead of the upcoming autumn festivities, including Diwali, following a rise in the number of Asian gold thefts across the capital.
Detective Chief Inspector Steve Baxter, who is leading Operation Bumblebee in Croydon said: "Burglary is a distressing crime that can have lasting emotional effects on the victims, who no longer feel safe in their own homes.
"The Met feels strongly about preventing burglary and whilst burglary is down in Croydon, we want to continue that drop and bring those offenders before the courts.
"We want people to feel safe in their homes and in their communities and we are working hard to pursue those responsible. We are developing our systems to make sure we are one step ahead of the criminals and do all we can to catch them.
"The public also has an important role to play in helping us beat burglars in Croydon. By taking simple crime prevention steps, like putting lights on timer switches or installing an alarm, we can help to make Croydon a hostile place for burglars.
"I’d encourage people to take a look at our 'Virtual House', which is an online interactive tool that will take you through each room and provide you with valuable security advice."
For more information go to content.met.police.uk/Site/crimepreventionbumblebee.
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