Five arrests in week-long burglary crackdownBy Jennie Slevin
February 04, 2013
Five suspected burglars were arrested in a week-long crackdown on prolific offenders across Bracknell Forest.
Officers arrested the four men and a teenage boy in connection with burglaries in the borough as part of a drive to reduce the number of household raids.
Detective Inspector Mick Squire of Bracknell CID said: “Operation Ladybird is all about reducing the amount of crime we have.
“We visit people who are vulnerable to committing crime and reduce the need for them to commit crime, including those with drug problems.
“If we visit known offenders and talk to them, we can then rule them out for a crime which happened at that time.
“If we visit six likely burglars and five of them are at home, we then know who the possible suspect is.
“People trying to move away from a life of crime don’t want us knocking on their door every time there’s a burglary so often they’ll ring us and ask us to visit them so we can rule them out.
“We haven’t got unlimited resources so it’s about using them in the right way.”
Operation Ladybird was launched two years ago to target prolific burglars and officers make regular visits to former offenders, in the hope of deterring them from committing further crimes.
Last year there were a total of 166 burglaries across Bracknell Forest – almost 100 fewer than Wokingham and 500 fewer than Reading.
Det Insp Squire said: “Our detection rate for burglary is more than 33 per cent, which is very high.
“Nice, normal members of the public have a very good chance of us finding the criminals.”
But Det Insp Squire added: “People need to double lock their doors.
“If a burglar presses the door handle and it goes down they know it’s not locked.
“Then all they need to do is get a stick inside the letter box and open the door from the inside.
“People think they’re safe with these modern doors but they are not.
“And the worst thing is the sentimental value of the things which are stolen mean nothing to the burglar.
“They only want money and perhaps credit cards – photos of family members usually get chucked in the river.”
n A 20-year-old from Slough, a 24-year-old from Windsor, and a 16-year-old boy from Slough were arrested on Wednesday, January 16, on suspicion of going equipped for burglary.
They were bailed to return to Loddon Valley Police station on Thursday, February 14.
A 33-year-old from London and a 32-year-old from Slough were arrested on suspicion of burglary on Monday, January 21 and were bailed until Saturday, February 9.