Burglary offences are decreasing across Merseyside following the launch of Operation Castle earlier this year.
The operation was launched in February to reinforce Merseyside Police’s commitment to tackling burglary as a main priority and features the use of SelectaDNA as one of the reduction tactics.
From March-May 2018, a 7.9% decrease in burglary dwelling offences was recorded across the force compared to the same period last year. Since the operation began, more than 450 people have been arrested in connection with burglary offences, and numerous people charged and awaiting further action. There are a further 13 suspects on remand for sentencing or trial.
Across the borough of Sefton, property marking kits have been distributed by police to help reduce burglaries. Superintendent Matt Boyle, who is leading the operation, said: “These kits are just one method we are employing to tackle burglaries in the area and are one of the most simple and effective ways of protecting your possessions. Property marking puts burglars off because it lets others know the item has been stolen, making it more difficult to sell on. The other advantage is that it makes tracing and returning your stolen property a lot easier for police.”
He added: “A decrease in offences is obviously good news for the communities but it is only the first step. The results so far are encouraging but we will continue to proactively target offenders and put them before the courts.”
For further information and images contact: Angela Singleton, Press Officer for Selectamark.
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