New figures from Essex Police reveal drop in burglaries

PUBLISHED: 11:21 15 October 2018 | UPDATED: 11:21 15 October 2018

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New figures from Essex Police reveal that the number of burglaries in the county over the last year has dropped by six per cent, meaning there have been 791 fewer burglaries this year.

The figures were revealed as the force launches its autumn crime prevention campaign. ‘Let’s Talk About Crime’ asks people across Essex to talk and share safety tips with friends, family and community groups to stop crime before it starts.

Throughout autumn and winter, Essex Police will share tips about how to keep themselves safe with advice on subjects such as home security and cyber crime.

Assistant Chief Constable Andy Prophet, head of local policing, said: “Essex is a pretty safe county but fear of crime rather than risk of crime drives anxiety and concern in our communities. As clocks go back and mornings and early evenings get darker, we do see increases in some crime types, but our campaign puts more power in residents’ hands to reduce that risk.

“One action – making sure doors are locked or changing that bulb on the security light – can make the difference between being the victim of crime or not. We’ll be working hard across the autumn and winter to fight crime and bring offenders to justice, but we need the public’s help to share our messages and have conversations about crime prevention.

“This campaign is about telling nan about crime prevention. It’s about giving messages to hairdressers, community groups, football and dance clubs to share with their members and I want to thank everyone who’s taken part in the campaign so far.

“Our job isn’t possible without that community support, and I’m asking everyone in Essex to have one conversation about crime prevention with someone important to them so that together we make Essex safer.”

Roger Hirst, Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex, is also supporting the campaign and encouraging people to share the messages and pass on advice to friends and families.

He said: “Safe and secure communities are the bedrock on which we build success and wellbeing for all. With the right advice and guidance we can take so many simple steps to prevent crime from happening in the first place. Please do embrace and share these important messages. We need to make it as difficult as possible for criminals to commit crime in our county.”

The force is inviting all Essex residents to support the campaign by downloading social media posts and sharing them on their local community Facebook groups or on their own personal social media channels by using the hashtag #LetsTalkAboutCrime.

Downloadable and printable leaflets to share with friends, family, neighbours and local community groups are also available.

All the campaign resources are at: www.essex.police.uk/letstalk.

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