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Chesham burglar arrested 13 times in three months
A PERSISTENT burglar was arrested 13 times in the space of three months before eventually being sent to prison, a police chief said last night.
Chiltern and South Bucks' Area Commander Supt Steve Hockin said he was making it a personal aim to reduce burglaries in the district after an increase compared to last year.
He said 28 more burglaries had been carried out in the area compared to last year - but said one offender being brought to justice in Chesham had led to incidents plateauing.
And Supt Hockin said he would continue to target burglars in the Chiltern and South Bucks areas.
Speaking at a public meeting in Amersham on Monday night, he said: "There is a very small group of very persistent offenders, particularly in the north of the district.
"One particular individual was arrested 13 times in three months. He's now been locked up and been put away for 15 months. Burglaries in Chesham have now dropped.
"We've got the right guy. As and when he comes out, we will be all over him. When we have grounds to do so we'll arrest him - we don't muck about."
He said the Chiltern district was often targeted by criminals who came from out of the area and would use the region's motorway and railway links to get in and out quickly.
Supt Hockin said offenders would come into the district from London and said one burglar drove in from Essex to commit crimes.
He said: "This isn't a cheeky chappy Bill the burglar - these are nasty, organised criminals who make a living from preying on ordinary vulnerable people.
"I make my day all about catching them when I can. It takes a lot of time and effort to catch these people, but we do it.
"I have dedicated officers to house burglaries. We've identified areas within Chiltern and South Bucks that are more vulnerable than others."
He said his officers had an 18 per cent detection rate and he admitted: "I'm not there yet - I'm not happy with that.
"I'm optimistic by the end of the year we'll have got burglary down. We've got good intelligence, I have got good staff getting results - good old-fashioned coppering hasn't gone in Chiltern and South Bucks."
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