Police Officers across Suffolk have today, Wednesday 9 October executed search warrants and made arrests, including in Haverhill, in a continued bid to clampdown on burglaries and associated crime.
The day of action came under Operation Drawbridge - Suffolk Constabulary’s campaign to decrease the number and detect more burglaries in the county.
Operation Drawbridge, which is now in its twelfth month, was introduced in October 2012 to help combat burglary offences, something that people in Suffolk have said matter to them the most.
Teams of officers were briefed just before 8am this morning in Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds and Lowestoft before being deployed to carry out searches at addresses and make disruption visits to second hand dealers.
Officers and their dogs from the Joint Norfolk and Suffolk Dog Unit assisted with searches.
Officers also carried out house to house visits near to where the warrants were carried out to provide reassurance to local people and to gain further community intelligence.
Warrants were executed at 13 addresses and business premises in Ipswich, Lowestoft, Haverhill, Bury St Edmunds, Kennett, Hadleigh and Sudbury.
A total of nine arrests were made as follows:
A 24 year old Ipswich man was arrested on suspicion of burglary and assault.
A 38 year old man from Trimley St Mary was arrested on suspicion of Grievous Bodily Harm.
A 26 year old Ipswich man was arrested on suspicion of burglary.
A 45 year old man from Kennett was arrested on suspicion of possession of cannabis and amphetamine.
A 25 year old man from Ipswich was arrested on suspicion of burglary.
A 39 year old man from Mildenhall was arrested on suspicion of theft from motor vehicle.
A 27 year old man from Hadleigh was arrested on suspicion of burglary.
A 48 year old woman from Haverhill was arrested on suspicion of possession of cannabis with intent to supply.
A 23 year old man from Lowestoft was arrested on suspicion of attempted burglary.
All nine are currently being held in Police Investigation Centres in Suffolk.
In addition a 20 year old Lowestoft man and a 27 year old man from Ipswich were warned in connection with possession of cannabis.
Detective Chief Inspector Bernie Morgan who oversees operations for the County Policing Command said: “House burglaries continue to be a top priority for Suffolk Police as we know this is one crime that matters the most to people. To have your home entered by strangers and have personal possessions, which often have sentimental value stolen, is a huge invasion of privacy and can be very distressing.
“This has been another successful day of action which has caused disruption to individuals across many parts of the county. With extra officers on duty we were also able to target offenders known to us for other associated crimes. We hope this sends out a strong message to individuals that we will not hold back when it comes to these types of crimes and will continue to target those responsible.”
“Whilst the number of recorded house burglaries in Suffolk has decreased and the solved rate of detecting offences has risen so far this year compared to last year this is not the time to become complacent and I would encourage the public to help themselves as well as others.”
Suffolk Police rely on individuals to come forward with information and are urging local people to be the eyes and ears in their local communities and call the police if they see any suspicious activity or feel they have information which can help police.
DCI Morgan continued: “Our days of action and continued investigations produce results but it is crucial that we have information from our local communities to help us in catching offenders and stopping them from entering people’s homes. A good proportion of burglaries happen during daylight hours, so it is important that if you notice any suspicious activity, or vehicles which appear to be driving slowly ‘staking’ out properties that we are called with the information.
“Coupled with this, we would remind people to consider the security of their homes, and as the nights begin to draw in, consider using lights on timers to give the impression that someone is home.”
If you think that a crime is in progress always call the police on 999, in non-emergency situations dial 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.