Police day of action targets burglars

DEVON and Cornwall Constabulary will be out in force today (Wednesday) for a dedicated day of action that will see officers involved a host of varied activities that will specifically tackle burglary and crime prevention. Hundreds of personnel will take

DEVON and Cornwall Constabulary will be out in force today (Wednesday) for a dedicated day of action that will see officers involved a host of varied activities that will specifically tackle burglary and crime prevention. Hundreds of personnel will take part in Operation Everest, a campaign to reduce crime and the fear of crime through a mixture of community policing and enforcement activities.In North Devon, specific events are taking place in Braunton, Bideford, Holsworthy, Torrington, Barnstaple, Ilfracombe, Lynton and South Molton.The daylong operation will focus on targeting burglary hotspots, giving crime prevention support to local communities and businesses as well as dealing with the most important policing concerns raised by residents in their neighbourhoods.Extra high-visibility patrols will take place by neighbourhood policing teams across the Force in identified burglary hotspot areas. Homes, schools and businesses will be visited where crime prevention advice will be given and leaflets handed out.A number of warrants are being executed during the day that will target properties that are suspected to contain stolen goods. Officers will also be visiting second-hand traders.Patrols will leave leaflets with vehicles parked in vulnerable areas and well-known beauty spots to remind drivers to do all they can to minimise opportunities offered to would-be thieves.Farms and isolated properties are often targeted by organised criminals where some high value thefts have taken place. Officers across Devon will be visiting local farmers who have been burgled in the last 12 months to promote the 'Stop A Thief' initiative, review their security and offer crime prevention advice. Other isolated properties will also be visited to raise awareness of rural crime, to gather intelligence and reassure local residents and farmers.The operation will also centre on the community concerns raised through the Partners and Communities Together (PACT) process, introduced just over two years ago.Members of the public have been voicing their main concerns through PACT post boxes distributed in towns and villages. This, alongside other consultation, enables neighbourhood policing teams to identify the top three priorities for local people which then form a neighbourhood improvement plan. The police then work with partner agencies, such as the fire service and local councils, to solve the community's problems. Officers and police staff will also be out and about in neighbourhoods conducting PACT surveys, encouraging residents to speak up about the issues that matter most to them.Operation Everest is part of a series of days of action organised by the police to demonstrate the extensive and varied work being done by Devon and Cornwall Constabulary to reassure and keep the public safe.The days are a real opportunity for people to see how the Force is responding to their concerns and to develop strong relationships with the police in the communities they serve.Chief Superintendent Andy Clarke, Commander of Operations said: "These 'days of action' give us the opportunity to specially co-ordinate officers and staff to demonstrate to our communities that we are always there. We work hard to keep our communities safe and we can only do that by listening and working with our local neighbourhoods and businesses."Chief Constable Stephen Otter and members of his senior management team will be travelling across the Force area to support officers and staff in their initiatives and to listen to the views of the public.


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