Here we re-publish an article celebrating the low levels of domestic burglary in Nuneaton and Bedworth.
Domestic Burglary reaches a low in Nuneaton and Bedworth
There were 799 Domestic Burglaries recorded in the borough between September 2008 and August 2009. This has reduced to 464 recorded Domestic Burglaries between September 2013 and August 2014. Overall in the borough this means there has been 28 fewer burglaries per month compared to five years ago.
Chief Inspector Mike Slemensek of Nuneaton and Bedworth Safer Neighbourhood Team said: ‘Tackling the criminals responsible for burglary of peoples homes has been a top priority for the police, local and county councils and the Nuneaton and Bedworth Community Safety Partnership. I am convinced that the strength of our partnership working and the absolute determination and commitment of all agencies and organisations involved has made a great impact. It has led to a sustained and very substantial decrease in crimes of house burglary in the Borough’.
Cllr Bob Hicks chair of the Nuneaton and Bedworth Community Safety Partnership said ‘Domestic Burglary has been a focus of the Partnership for several years and we are now seeing the benefits of sustained multi-agency working with this impressive reduction in Domestic Burglary. We are not complacent however and will continue to strive to drive down figures even further’.
Leader of the Borough Council Dennis Harvey said ‘The Community Safety Partnership is delighted with this reduction in just a five year period which is evidence that a joined up approach to crime reduction is paying off. Domestic Burglary is an extremely upsetting crime which makes this good news story even more important for our residents.’
What we are doing:
- Work with the Integrated Offender Management Team (IOM) including the probation service. Persistent Offenders have been both supported to change their behaviour and targeted if there has been a risk of reoffending.
- The Target Hardening and Information pack initiative has been running for the past three years to encourage victims of Domestic Burglary to think about how they may increase the security of their property thereby reducing the risk of repeat burglaries. Ron Ball, Warwickshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner has financially supported the Partnership with this initiative.
- Utilise analysis to predict possible burglary trends and take preventative measures such as deploying mobile CCTV and conducting Community Safety Road Shows.
- Recruit new Neighbourhood Watch Schemes in the borough.
What you can do:
- Ensure all windows and doors are securely locked particularly back doors and patios.
- Never leave laptops, mobile phones or other high value electrical items on view from the window – thieves love window shopping too!
- Ensure car keys are kept in a cupboard and not left on worktops, stairs or by doors.
- Be a ‘good neighbour’ keep an eye out for each others property and report anything suspicious to the Police.
- Join a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme or start one up in your street and receive Community Alert messages to keep you informed about what’s happening in your area.
(From information supplied by Lynda Nestoruk)
See also the report by Warwickshire Observatory