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Police extend successful operation to combat burglary
11:10am Thursday 17th October 2013 in News
A POLICE operation to combat burglary and other related crimes has been extended after proving a success.
As part of West Mercia Police’s long-term Citadel initiative to reduce house burglary, Operation Fuchsia puts in place measures such as plain clothes officers on the ground to track any suspicious behaviour and respond to reported crimes.
As the evenings draw in, with the clocks going back, October and November traditionally see a small rise in the numbers of burglaries taking place.
For the coming weeks, additional specialist roads policing officers from the force’s Operations Patrol Unit will be targeting neighbourhoods across Malvern Hills, Worcester and Wychavon that are experiencing a spike in reports of burglaries.
Using unmarked cars they will patrol affected communities, as well as the main routes in the county known to be used by travelling criminals, looking out for suspicious behaviour and vehicles.
Policing commander for South Worcestershire, Superintendent Mark Travis, said: “Operation Fuchsia is about targeting criminals proactively and giving them a clear message ‘Don’t bother coming to Worcestershire.’ “We do not currently have a burglary problem: the numbers of burglaries being committed in South Worcestershire are 37 per cent lower than last year. However, we want to keep it that way and the operation is about working hard to prevent the problem.”
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