A NEW police initiative, Citadel, has been launched with the aim of driving down the number of burglaries in the region.

About 140 more burglaries than were expected, based on previous year’s figures, have taken place across the West Mercia Police force area since April.

The new scheme aims to catch the criminals who are responsible for these burglaries and new approaches have led to the arrest of more than 600 people since April.

A new wanted section on the police website has also been updated with people they want to trace in relation with a variety of offences.

In conjunction with the Police Authority, the force has stringent targets to ensure that no more than 10 burglaries a day are committed across Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin.

The force's new Assistant Chief Constable (ACC) Gareth Morgan will be leading the initiative, which will involve using a range of operational tactics targeting known or suspected criminals.

He said: "West Mercia Police is being very pro-active and we are seeing the results of our focused operational activity every day.

"However, there is a lot homeowners and businesses can do to make their properties more secure.

“We are concerned that many people to do not take the threat of burglary seriously enough.”

Crime prevention advice is available on the force website and will be promoted through a new Twitter account, @CitadelWMP.

For more information, visit westmercia.police.uk .