Police quiz 400 in burglary blitz
Police have arrested more than 400 people and executed 80 warrants in the first six months of a crackdown on burglary.
Operation Dynamo was launched in September in response to an rise in burglaries.
A dedicated team of detectives and uniformed officers began investigating burglaries using the help of science experts, CCTV, house-to-house inquiries and vehicle number plate tracking cameras.
Residents who had been burgled and those near them were given free alarms and pens to mark their property.
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House burglaries across Leicestershire and Rutland are at a 13-year low,
However, at the end of August 2012 the year to date figures showed an increase of 3.4 per cent – an increase of 44 offences. Police said this week the figures showed a force wide reduction of 4.1 per cent which is 154 fewer victims of burglary compared to this time last year.
Detective Chief Inspector Rich Ward said: "We are very pleased to have reversed the upward trend in burglaries and are now seeing a reduction in offences.
"However, we are not complacent and our efforts continue to robustly tackle those who commit burglary.
"We have carried out a large number of warrants and made just over 400 arrests and that is definitely making a difference.
"We have also had a number of successful convictions, including a 35-year-old man who was arrested just two days after the Dynamo team started and he has just been sentenced to four-and-a -half years in prison for burglary.
"We have made arrests in other counties as well to target those who travel into Leicestershire to commit crime."
Angie Beales, chairman of the St Andrews Tenants and Residents Association in Leicester, welcomed the police initiative.
She said: "Having your home burgled is a very traumatic experience because it is not just about the items stolen but the invasion of your home.
"Anything that the police can do to reduce the number of burglaries is to be applauded.
"We hope the burglars take notice that the police are on to them and stay in their own houses and leave other people's alone."
Anyone with information about any burglary is asked to contact the police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.