Burglaries in Thanet have reportedly dropped since a burglary reduction team took to the streets this month.
Eight constables and a sergeant have been assigned to the task of reducing burglaries on the island, while a team of four detectives and a detective sergeant deal with burglars once they’ve been arrested.
In the ten weeks prior to the team starting, Thanet suffered an average of twenty-three burglaries a week. However, in the first week of operation, the team’s presence stimulated a huge reduction in burglaries, with only thirteen in the first and second weeks – a drop of almost 43 per cent each week.
Thanet has seen steady increase in the number of house burglaries over the past six months and my own guess is that burglary and an increase in violent muggings is linked to the dramatic rise in drugs offenses, normally the pattern we see in the cities.
So I applaud the drop in burglaries through pro-active policing and would ask that we see a “Zero-tolerance” campaign directed at feral underclass gangs of youths who appear to be responsible for many, if not most of the nastier crimes and anti-social incidents that you’ll read about in the Thanet Gazumph each week.