Police praise Bideford folk who helped solve crime

POLICE in Bideford have praised local people for their part in helping to solve a burglary just before Christmas and enable almost all the property stolen to be returned to its rightful owner. People in the community who come forward are helping the pol

POLICE in Bideford have praised local people for their part in helping to solve a burglary just before Christmas and enable almost all the property stolen to be returned to its rightful owner.

"People in the community who come forward are helping the police with inquiries, but more than that, they are helping each other and ultimately that will strengthen communities and lead to an increased sense of security," said Bideford response officer PC Sandy Fish.

She was also pleased to report a drop in burglary crimes over the festive period.

"Burglary of homes is a distressing crime, particularly during December when our expectations and plans are often focused around family and the home," she said.


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"But the encouraging news is that, compared with the previous year, dwelling burglaries actually decreased.

"During December 2008 there were seven reported crimes compared to only three reported in December 2009. This very positive news is the result of our commitment to build safer communities together by high visibility reassurance foot patrols and home security help and advice through our partners.

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"Undoubtedly, information received from residents and community partners is vital to any police investigation. The detection of one of the burglaries last month was due in no small way to the vigilance of some members of our community, who provided information that resulted in a prompt arrest.

"Due to this and subsequent inquiries, 99 per cent of the property taken was returned to its rightful owner. Those members of the community who came forward to help secure this result should be proud of their contribution."

These outcomes happened through working together, she said. Each contributor had a unique part to play and a special skill to help make the community safe. North Devon continued to be a very safe place to live and this was due in no small way to the actions of the local community.

Anyone who sees anything suspicious or can offer information regarding crime or wishes to find out more about Neighbourhood Watch, Street Champions or the Community Messaging Service should contact their local policing team. The Bideford number is (01237) 428009 or the Force enquiry number 08452 777444. There is also the confidential Crimestoppers line on 0800 555111

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