PSNI launches major crackdown on burglaries

PSNI
PSNI

Vehicle checkpoints and ‘cash sniffer dogs’ will be deployed as part of a major PSNI operation targeting burglaries and burglars.

Uniformed officers working alongside detectives from Reactive and Organised Crime Branch - supported by their colleagues from Tactical Support Groups and Roads Policing - will also be conducting searches at various premises and providing advice and information to householders and business owners on how to secure their premises.

The operation will last for four weeks and cover all areas of Northern Ireland.

There have been 7,266 burglaries, at both domestic and business premises, in the ten-month period between April 1, 2015 and January, 25 2016. This is an increase of 2.1 per cent on the same period the previous year when 7,119 burglaries were recorded. The number of domestic burglaries for that period is provisionally recorded as 4,822 - a 3.7 per cent increase on the same period the previous year.

Superintendent Simon Walls said: “Burglaries are a violation of the things people hold most dear – the possessions they’ve worked hard to buy and to enjoy as well as the items of sentimental value they cherish. The main motive for most burglaries...is taking goods which can be turned into cash. We will be paying attention to locations where goods may be exchanged for cash and we will be deploying sniffer dogs to search buildings and vehicles which we suspect may be used to store or transport the proceeds of crime.”