Cambs Police launch Operation Surf in Fenland after 40 per cent increase in burglaries

PATROLS have been stepped up by detectives in Fenland after a 40 per cent increase in burglaries in two months - and the latest attempted break-in at a family home.

Operation Surf was launched after thieves tried to break into a home in Knight’s End Road, March, in the early hours of Monday.

A dedicated team of officers led by Det Insp Dave Steward have stepped up patrols in key areas across Central Division.

Stop and searches have been increased and key routes, thought to be used by burglars to access towns and villages, have been targeted.

Det Insp Steward said: “We have seen a 40 per cent increase in burglaries over the last couple of months.

“They have been predominantly while people have been away on holiday or at work, with jewellery and electrical items targeted by the offenders.

“Since the launch of Operation Surf, we are gaining a far better insight into criminal activity in the division and where the outlets are for the disposal of stolen property.

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“Burglary and theft causes misery for the victims and we are committed to reducing this type of crime and bringing offenders to justice.”

So far, six people have been arrested in connection with Operation Surf. Three have been charged with burglary or theft, two were recalled to prison, and a 23-year-old man was jailed for 30 weeks after admitting a number of thefts in Huntingdon.

Det Insp Steward also said: “I would urge residents to report any suspicious activity around houses or vehicles. If you see people trying several door handles along a street or knocking on doors, call police.

“I would also like to remind residents to remain vigilant and ensure their home is secured at all times, and make them look lived in while they are away.”

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