FROM: Steve Birchall (Police, Detective Sergeant, Banbury L/CID, Cherwell LPA)
As the dark nights approach and the clocks go back on 28th October we here in the burglary team have produced a plan to try and prevent or reduce the traditional increase we get in house burglaries at this time of year. We suffered 34 house burglaries in November last year in the whole of Cherwell which is Banbury, Bicester, Kidlington and everywhere in between. This may not sound a lot but this was far the worst month for house burglaries by quite a long way. You may be surprised to know that we only had 213 house burglaries in this large area all year. We ran a spring/summer burglary campaign "Don't Get Burnt" which was relatively successful. We have reduced house burglary be over 21% on the amount of offences we had in the same period last year at the same time have achieved a 37% detection rate. This has in part been down to you securing your properties and contacting police with information and in suspicious circumstances so thank you for your help throughout the summer.
The winter holds a different set of challenges. As the clocks go back on 28th October we will find that it is night time at 4pm. If you don't get home from work until 6pm your house can be easily identified as unoccupied. There are some easy and inexpensive actions you can take to protect your property and help us prevent you from becoming a victim of burglary.
Thank you. Steve Birchall DS 4708 L/CID Banbury
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