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Burglars told to ‘get-stuffed’

Officers in South Cambridgeshire have launched Operation Oaklands, a crime prevention initiative to tell burglars to get stuffed.

Officers in South Cambridgeshire have launched Operation Oaklands, a crime prevention initiative to tell burglars to get stuffed.

 

Officers in South Cambridgeshire have launched Operation Oaklands, a crime prevention initiative to tell burglars to ‘get stuffed’.

There have been 139 thefts from vehicles, 119 reports of shed burglaries and 160 burglaries in South Cambridgeshire since September.

Officers will be going door-to-door, speaking to residents and offering crime prevention advice.

For shed owners this will include a sticker saying ‘it’s locked, it’s immobilised, so get stuffed!’ and giving people the opportunity to buy a shed alarm at cost price.

Operation Oaklands will also see officers identifying unsecure homes during the day and vehicles at night.

Homes that are found to be insecure will have a crime security survey attached to a balloon placed inside the house to show how easily a burglar could have got in.

Officers will put postcards in cars which have been left unlocked.

Already, 70 cars were found to have been left unlocked in Linton, one containing a family’s Christmas presents.

Inspector James Sutherland said: “This is not about traditional crime prevention, we are trying to make communities safer and raise awareness about the risks.

“As part of the operation officers will be concentrating resources on one village per day, every day for 30 days.

“As well as the shed stickers, balloons and postcards, we’ll also be selling shed alarms and completing security survey’s to send a strong, clear message to burglars – ‘get stuffed’.

“I would also urge residents to be vigilant and report suspicious activity by calling police on 101 or 999 if there is a crime in action.”

The following advice will help to reduce the risk of becoming a victim:

– Postcode your property.

– Keep a record of the serial and model number of your equipment

– Lock valuable items such as bikes even though they are stored in a shed and outbuilding.

– Take photographs of valuable equipment.

– Erect a strong fence to make it more difficult for burglars to get into your back garden.

– Plant a thick hedge around your garden, ideally dense and prickly, is just as good as a fence for keeping out intruders.

– Put down gravel garden paths. Walking on gravel is quite noisy and will alert you to someone on your property.

– Ensure your garden gate is secure

– Try to keep hedges and fences in front gardens low. The burglars’ fear of being seen is an important deterrent.

– Ensure tools and garden equipment are locked securely out of sight.

For all the latest news see Boxing Day’s (Thursday, January 2) Echo.

 

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