No burglaries reported in Leicester for 24 hours
The city had a 24-hour period this week when no burglaries were reported, said the police.
A force spokesman said the 24-hour burglary-free period, between 6am on Thursday and 6am yesterday, was the seventh it had recorded so far this year.
Detective Superintendent Andy Lee, who is in charge of criminal investigations in the city area, said: "This is absolutely fantastic news, both for the police service and the communities we serve.
"This has not happened by chance. This excellent result is due to a great deal of hard work and dedicated team work among city officers."
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He said officers had identified "the individuals who cause the greatest threat, and successfully targeted them, thereby driving down levels of crime".
The city area, which comprises six police stations – Beaumont Leys, Keyham Lane, Spinney Hill Park, Mansfield House, Welford Road and Hinckley Road – has a target to reduce house burglaries by 8 per cent this year.
Det Supt Lee said the reduction was, in fact, 8.6 per cent, achieved through initiatives including Operation Dynamo, a force-wide burglary reduction campaign, and uniform and plain clothes patrols "to exploit every opportunity to deter burglars".
In the year to date, a total of 1,259 house burglaries have been recorded. In the year 2011/12 the figure was 1,378, and in the year before that, the figure was 1,547.
The other 24-hour periods came on April 27, May 20, June 11 and 22 and August 13 and 15.