This year’s anti-burglary initiative, Operation Candlelight, launched on Monday, 22 October and is well underway. Operational activities have targeted high risk neighbourhoods and known offenders; crime prevention postcards have been sent to ‘at risk’ properties to encourage residents to improve their home security while roadshows and bus back advertising have taken place across the county.
In the second phase of the operation, we are teaming up with Crimestoppers in a bid to urge residents to tell the charity what they know about possible burglars and the handling of stolen goods in return for cash rewards of up to £1,000.
Following the success of last years campaign which saw an increase in calls to the charity, Crimestoppers will use Facebook, advertising posters in buses across Surrey and a targeted ‘Know a burglar?’ leaflet drop to make as many people as possible aware of the rewards while pledging the anonymity that Crimestoppers offer.
Tim Prideaux JP, Chairman of Surrey Crimestoppers said: “We all want our homes and valuables to be as safe as possible so if you have any information about any burglary but don’t want to reveal your identity then please contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”
Detective Superintendent Ray Blythe said: “Surrey Police is pleased to be working alongside Crimestoppers once again in our bid to reduce burglary activity. We know that some people don’t want to talk to the police and don’t want to give their name but do have information about burglars in their area. I would encourage anyone who knows about those involved in this distressing crime to tell someone – whether that be the police or Crimestoppers – to make sure we can bring these individuals to justice.”
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