More than 50 people have been arrested for burgling houses in the two months since Kent Police began its campaign to drive down burglary crime on the isle, however the burglary rate is still up.
Of the 55 people arrested since 1 December, 13 have been remanded in custody or sentenced to imprisonment. Officers have also executed more than 30 search warrants for stolen property.
Detective Sergeant Tony Pledger, the officer in charge of efforts to drive down burglaries on the isle, said that despite the high number of prosecutions, burglary rates were still high because thieves were still being given too many opportunities to get into resident’s homes.
“A large number of the burglaries we are getting at the moment have resulted from homes being left insecure,” he said. “A lot of burglars go from house to house looking for unlocked doors and windows, and unfortunately they have been finding a lot lately.
“Residents have to remember to lock their homes up securely, even when they are at home, otherwise they are giving burglars an invitation to literally walk in and take whatever they want.”
DS Pledger asked residents to also be wary of anyone hanging around their neighbourhood and to report any suspicious activity to the police.
“Everyday we have uniformed officers and detectives out on the streets and back alleys trying to catch burglars and drive down crime, but we still really need residents’ help to bring them to justice,” he said.
“Be suspicious of people hanging about your street, get to know your neighbours and join a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme.
“If anyone wants anymore information about home security or joining Neighbourhood Watch then call Thanet’s Watch Liaison Officer, Terry McCormick, on (01843) 222 176.”