Getting tough on burglars
This week sees Sussex Police launch their third Operation Magpie campaign – to remind people to be vigilant and how to safeguard their property and reduce the chance of being burgled.
The campaign will involve some planned and targeted operational activity to seek out suspects and people wanted on warrant for burglary offences. Sussex Police want to send a clear message that there are judicial consequences to would be offenders and build confidence in communities that burglary is taken seriously and investigated.
It also includes some victim stories from real people who have experienced burglary first hand and given their permission for Sussex Police to share them on the Force’s website alongside crime prevention messages.
Burglary can have a profound effect on victims who often describe it as a robbery or an invasion of their home - terms that actually relate to acts perpetrated on a person not a property. This reinforces the deep, personal impact that a burglary has on someone who experiences it.
Nobody should feel unsafe in their home which is why I have a made a commitment to ensure the force maintains effective prevention and deterrent activities as well as taking prolific burglars off our streets.
I am pleased that Sussex Police is continuing to give crime prevention advice to help save homeowners from the awful impact of being burgled
We all have a part to play to help keep Sussex safe and I urge residents to follow police advice and keep their property secure so that they are not a target for burglars.