Burglary down in rural Northumberland

05 Aug 2015 11:00 AM

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Police have seen the number of reported house burglaries rapidly reduce across rural Northumberland over recent months.

Between April and July this year house burglary reduced by 70% in Alnwick, 69% in Hexham and 41% in Prudhoe over the same period. Across the whole of rural Northumberland this means a reduction in 25 fewer crimes, down from 49 to 24 offences, amounting to three house burglaries reported per week in an area from Hexham to Alnwick.

Chief Inspector Steve Readdie, of Northern Area Command said: "This reduction is good news for residents across rural Northumberland, while the numbers of reported offences are low we are seeking to reduce them further. Officers work closely with communities to share crime prevention information and to respond when any suspicious sightings or offences are reported to us.

"We actively target those people we suspect of being responsible for burglary, as well as those who help them by handling the goods they steal to sell on. Officers are continuing to focus our activities on these offenders to prevent further offences.

"We have an active Community Messaging network with monthly news and crime prevention bulletins for residents and local farms and other businesses. Farmwatch is another well established crime prevention scheme helping to share information about local crime problems."

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