Anti-burglary campaign High Wycombe

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Officers from High Wycombe local policing area have launched a winter anti-burglary campaign - Operation Grotto

A number of police initiatives have already taken place to help prevent burglary at a time of year which has historically seen an increase in offences of this type. We have increased the number of high visibility patrols in vulnerable areas and have been conducting a number of automatic number plate recognition operations to provide reassurance to the public and deter criminality.

 Our investigation teams are working hard to prosecute offenders, however the public’s help is still needed to prevent burglaries and protect homes. We urge people to lock their doors and windows before going out. If fitted, set alarms and invest in a timer switch to come on to make homes look occupied when people are out.

 Sergeant Robin Hughes, of the Neighbourhood Policing Team, based at Marlow, said “The team have already organised a "Houses in darkness" initiative in which the Neighbourhood Policing Team went door to door in Marlow with Police Cadets and handed out 100 free timer light switches and provided burglary prevention advice. This was a great success with an enthusiastic response from the public. It was an excellent opportunity for the cadets to provide a valuable service and engage with members of the community, we will be covering more dark streets in the following weeks.”

 In support of this officers from High Wycombe police station are also offering a free timer light switch to the first 250 people who contact us and who live within the Wycombe and surrounding area. To request your free timer switch, all you need to do is send your name and address to Working with volunteers we aim to get these delivered as soon as possible.

 We urge residents to remain vigilant, report suspicious activity to the police and together we will aim to reduce the number of victims of burglary this year.

For more crime prevention advice visit the Thames Valley Police website and sign up to Thames Valley Alerts -

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