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Police launch operation to tackle recent burglaries
3:52pm Monday 7th January 2013 in News
POLICE will launch a major operation targeting thieves after a series of burglaries and car thefts in the district in recent weeks.
Operation Gallant begins in earnest tomorrow after a spate of thefts across the Wycombe District since the beginning of December.
Additional officers will be out on the streets patrolling the area, while a dedicated team has been set up to investigate each burglary.
Superintendant Gilbert Houalla said: “Any burglary that happens in the Wycombe District is one burglary too many.
“We are going to be using this operation as an additional opportunity to proactively pursue any offenders and thoroughly investigate each crime that happens.
“I would also like to use this chance to advise homeowners to be vigilant following this recent increase.
“I cannot stress how important it is to make sure that you have double locked your front door, even when you are in the house, or go to bed at night, and hidden your car keys.
“These burglars are mainly targeting expensive cars, most of which cannot be stolen without keys.
“We will investigate every crime to make sure that we arrest, convict and lock up any criminals but I would rather make sure that the crimes didn’t happen in the first place, so please don’t make it easy for them.”
Thames Valley Police have reissued the following crime prevention tips to help keep your property secure:
1. Double lock your front door with a key, even when you are in the house. It is not sufficient to simply lift the handle 2. Never leave your keys; - in locks.
- on a window ledge.
- on the kitchen table.
- on a hook behind the door.
3. Keep your keys safe and away from the front door, but easily accessible in case of a fire, and make sure your keys are always in the same place at night-time.
Call police via the 101 enquiry line or contact the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at Crimestoppers-uk.org
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